NCPB has Sh6 bil­lion to buy maize from farm­ers at Sh3,000 per 90kg bag – MD

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

The Na­tional Ce­re­als and Pro­duce Board has said it has Sh6 bil­lion to buy maize. Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor New­ton Terer yes­ter­day an­nounced all maize-buy­ing cen­tres have been opened. He said the board will buy maize at Sh3,000 per 90kg bag. “I want to ap­peal to all maize farm­ers, par­tic­u­larly in the North Rift, to de­liver their pro­duce to the near­est NCPB de­pot,” Terer said. He said most NCPB stores have cleared the old stock and are ready to re­ceive fresh maize. Terer spoke in Kapsa­bet town, Nandi county. “What we want is for the farm­ers to de­liver clean maize with low mois­ture content,” the MD said. Terer said pay­ment for de­liv­ered maize will be done as soon as the pro­duce is de­liv­ered. “Should we ex­haust the funds we have, we will not hes­i­tate to seek more money from the Na­tional Trea­sury,” he said. Terer also urged farm­ers to pre­pare their farms early for the next plant­ing sea­son.

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