NCPB to reg­is­ter farm­ers for price, fer­tiliser sub­si­dies

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries And Judiciary -

The Na­tional Ce­re­als and Pro­duce Board is pre­par­ing a na­tional farm­ers’ reg­is­ter so that only gen­uine ones ben­e­fit from fer­tiliser and price sub­sidy pro­grammes.

Mid­dle­men have been ex­ploit­ing the pro­duc­ers.

Cor­po­rate af­fairs man­ager Rose An­danje said the board is en­sur­ing that only gen­uine farm­ers are al­lowed to sell maize at its de­pots.

“The farm­ers must be reg­is­tered by the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture,” she said.

Farm­ers will be ver­i­fied and the quan­tity of maize they of­fer for sale to the board must be com­men­su­rate to the acreage they planted, An­danje said.

Uasin Gishu Gov­er­nor Jack­son Mandago said the reg­is­ter should have both ce­re­als and live­stock farm­ers.

Mid­dle­men have been buy­ing maize from farm­ers at throw­away prices or im­port­ing and sell­ing it to the NCPB, thus ben­e­fit­ing from state sup­port, to dis­ad­van­tage of farm­ers.

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