Leaders in Elgeyo Marakwet have called on the government to open a National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) depot in the county.
The leaders led by the deputy governor Wesley Rotich said it was saddening that farmers transported their maize to neighboring Uasin Gishu County only for their produce to be rejected yet the same is accepted by the board from traders.
The leaders said it was disheartening that unscrupulous businessmen were enriching themselves at the expense of farmers saying this should stop.
Addressing wananchi at St. Peters ItenDay secondary school during Madaraka day celebrations, the leaders said the county has enough stores spread out which can be used by NCPB.
Speaker Philemon Sabulei regretted that most factories in the agricultural sector in the country have collapsed, and called on leaders to team up and ensure that the maize sector doesn’t follow the same route.
The deputy governor said the county had embarked on a market led agricultural initiative which will ensure that farmers are assured of ready market for their produce.
He said they have already started with macadamia and beans where farmers are contracted before they plant, thus ensuring that once the crops are ready, there is a market.
This will ensure that farmers will diversify their produce and provide an income for the farmers who have been impoverished by continued over reliance on maize, he said.
This year, our farmers will not afford to clear their children’s school fees as they sold their maize at throwaway prices, while majority are still stuck with their maize in the stores, he lamented.
Source: Kenya News Agency