Farmers have welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta's directive to the NCPB to open it's depots and buy maize at Sh2,500 per bag. Representatives, led by Christopher Kolum and Kipkorir Menjo, have, however, said farmers want four million bags bought rather than two million. "Farmers have harvested more maize this year and the government should buy more maize so that middlemen do not exploit producers," Kolum said. Uhuru ordered the NCPB to immediately start purchase, but ensure it does so only from genuine farmers after vetting. Menjo said Uasin Gishu and Trans Nzoia alone had produced more than 10 milion bags and farmers would lack markets if the government only buys two milion bags.
Source: The Star January 11, 2019 11:15 UTC