With most of the average male population of Meru engaged in miraa, farming transportation selling or consumption, you will find that the workforce for manual labor is mostly female.
Unless it’s labor to operate in a miraa plantation, then it’s different.
School Dropouts blamed on Miraa in Meru
In Laare many youth of school going age long forsook the education suggested by the government’s spokesperson and opted for the time tested practice of their grand-ancestors, farming miraa.
With great returns come great drop outs. The financial benefits of successful cultivation, success being a constant, lure more and more of these men into the business which in the long run reduces dependence on formal education for employment. A blessing in disguise.
Miraa ready for markets is consolidated for transportation, the packaging and loading begins as early as miraa is availed.
Speeding Miraa Trucks
A speeding truck is worth 5 million as it’s presence clears a clean oath for it in the heart of traffic.
These are the unwritten laws of Miraa transportation; not to obstruct a speeding load of miraa, to always give right of way to a speeding load of miraa, a speeding transport of miraa is closer than it appears, road bumps are just launching pads and sidewalks are an extension of the road.
For it is known and recorded that these vehicles cover a 5 hour journey across treacherous roads in 3 hours regardless of load borne.
The national government has tried to get involved in the operation and execution of this drug like system to no good for herself.
The ban on miraa export to the West threatened to be the straw that breaks many backs but a way was eventually negotiated, the horn of Africa and the Orient consume more miraa than the west could ever hope to ban and thus the transit is well.
Research and Value Addition
If you can’t beat them you either arrange for them to be beaten or you join them.
The government has since joined the people of Meru in creating better miraa products by funding and publishing research.
Attempts at juicing miraa are underway at Meru University and miraa flavored chewing gum is already available in the county.
The role of miraa in the county developmental goals be it tax or employment for youth cannot be questioned and thus it thrives where most would fail.
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