NAIROBI– Farmers who still have maize for sale should seek an alternative market for the produce since the Kenyan government has no plan of resuming maize purchases by the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) anytime soon, says Agriculture and Irrigation Chief Administrative Secretary Andrew Tuimor.
The NCPB’s silos are full and the government is in the process of ascertaining the who genuine farmers are before making any payments for maize which has been delivered to the board, he said here Tuesday, adding that the farmers listing process would be the basis for future engagements between the government and farmers.
Farmers who were turned away from delivering their maize to the Board have in recent days intensified pleas for the government to resume purchasing their produce. However, the government says this is unlikely after the exercise was marred by claims that traders had infiltrated the supply chain, prompting the government to order an audit of farmers to establish a new list of genuine farmers.
Tuimor advised farmers to properly store their produce and make it available it when National Cereals and Produce Board resumes purchases from the current crop.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK