Relief for farmers as new maize prices to be announced

By: WYCLIFF KIPSANG

New maize prices will be announced Monday, Deputy President William Ruto had said. Mr Ruto made the announcement in Eldoret as he welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta to Uasin Gishu County.

The President, meanwhile, said the Jubilee Alliance Party is on track, adding that coalitions are no longer viable, as the two leaders started their two- day tour of North Rift counties that will cover Uasin Gishu, West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet.

Mr Ruto said as a solution to the problems maize farmers in the region are facing, the government would announce the new prices at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).

The cereals board last year paid Sh2,300 and a Sh500 rebate per 90kg bag of maize.

“Unlike in the past, NCPB depots will remain open throughout. We’ve already constituted a board that will be addressing farmers’ problems. We want farmers to get value for their money,” said Mr Ruto when the leaders stopped to address Eldoret residents at the ‘Paradise’ junction.

This will be good news to farmers in the grain basket, who have been accusing the Jubilee administration of being insensitive to their plight, which has seen many turn to other profitable ventures, including horticulture.

Late on Sunday, Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto held a closed-door meeting with North Rift leaders at State Lodge.

“Coalitions no longer work in modern Kenya. Our main aim, when I joined hands with my friend William, was to unite all Kenyans and this is on course,” said the President.

“Twelve parties have already joined the new outfit,” said the President.

He said Jubilee had done a lot in its two years in office, and criticised Cord for criticising everything without offering solutions.