The pioneers Daily nation


 By Odhiambo Ndege

The pioneers: On sugar cane growing and jaggery making, Indians had it all figured out

Widely known for their business and professional activities, which include commerce, money-lending, medical and clerical services, the role of Asians in Kenya’s colonial agriculture has never been appreciated.

Their industry earned them the sobriquet dukawallahs, with their activities supporting both settler and African agriculture. Few Asians became farmers though or shambawallahs in their own right.

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