Macadamia buying haltsThis article was originally published in Foodnews
KENYA Nut Company, a major dealer in the country, has stopped buying macadamia nuts from farmers until global prices improve. The action follows concerns over the quality of the Kenyan crop that has led to low prices in the export market (FOODNEWS 8 February). The poor quality of the harvest led to rejection of the 2006 crop that had been sent to India, China and Japan. The Kenyan crop has been earning farmers as little as KES20/kg (US$0.29/ kg), representing a sharp fall from a high of KES85/kg in 2005.