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Cephas Shava
MWENEZI - Scores of aggrieved lab-lab farmers from various corners of the district last week threatened to demonstrate against Leguminosea (LG) over unpaid dues.
Lab-lab is a crop which is processed to make stock feeds and LG is the sole buyer of the crop in the district.
Aggrieved farmers threatened to picket at LG offices but later held back following some highly-charged negotiations.
“Three months have gone by and they haven’t paid us anything and some of us are yet to be paid last year’s balances,” complained one farmer.
The farmers went on to give the company one week to pay them off or risk strong confrontation.
Some of them accused LG employees of demanding bribes in exchange for expeditious processing of their payments.
The LG employees had a torrid time calming the agitated farmers and they promised to meet the one week deadline to pay the farmers what is due to them.
The farmers said they were selling their produce for $6 per kg, meaning one can pocket $6000 for a tonne.


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