CS Bett di­rects NCPB to open de­pots for early maize pur­chase from new har­vest

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

Agri­cul­ture Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Willy Bett has di­rected the Na­tional Ce­re­als and Pro­duce Board to open de­pots in readi­ness for maize from the new har­vest. This will help mit­i­gate ex­ploita­tion of farm­ers by mid­dle­men who take ad­van­tage of in­ad­e­quate mar­kets for farm­ers. Mid­dle­men have been buy­ing maize in huge quan­ti­ties and sell­ing it to buy­ers in Trans Nzoia, Bun­goma, Uasin Gishu and Nandi, which are ma­jor maize-grow­ing ar­eas. The board has set aside Sh2 bil­lion to buy ce­re­als from farm­ers, at Sh2,300 per 90kg bag. “We do not want a sit­u­a­tion where farm­ers will be ex­ploited like has been the case in the past. That’s why we have asked the NCPB to im­me­di­ately start buy­ing maize from farm­ers,” Bett said in El­doret on Fri­day. Maize im­ports from Uganda have flooded the mar­ket in parts of Rift Val­ley caus­ing an out­cry from farm­ers over price drop ahead of the har­vest­ing sea­son.

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