Jan, 19th 2021 – Maize farmers in the country have maintained that the government should increase the buying price of a 90 kg bag of maize to Ksh 3,200. The farmers mostly from the rift and western Kenya say the Ksh 2,700 per bag was way too low.
The call by the farmers come just a day after the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) increased maize purchase prices by Sh200.
NCPB managing director Joseph Kimote, however, says the increase was a better deal than what was previously proposed by the ministry.
Separately Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture Silas Tiren, who is also the MP for Moiben, said the government would discuss farmers’ proposal to increase prices.
He said farmers also oppose any maize imports because the harvest was good and imports would drive prices down.
Government has released Sh3 billion to the opened NCPB stores for maize purchase at Sh2,500 per bag. The board is already receiving maize Eldoret, Kitale and other areas.
Farmers led by director of the Kenya Farmers Association Kipkorir Menjo had met at the NCPB depot in Eldoret to discuss maize marketing problems.