13 November 2012

Kenya: Maize Farmers Boycott NCPB

Maize farmers in Trans Nzoia have boycotted selling their cereals to the National Cereals and Produce Board because of poor price.

The farmers have resolved to sell their cereals to private millers. The millers are buying the maize at Sh3,200 per 90kg bag.

The star has learnt that although NCPB has promised to buy maize at Sh2800 per 90kg bag, the farmer receives Sh2, 600 after taxation and transport cost.

Some middlemen buy maize at between Sh2,200 and Sh2,300 which they are paying on the spot. "We have decided not to sell the maize to the NCPB because of poor prices" said Christopher Ngetich, a farmer.

"Imagine buying the commodity at between sh.2600 t0 2800 is too low on grounds that a bag of maize would cost at least sh.3000"

Ngetich said, farmers in North Rift will unanimously not take their cereals to NCPB until the government increases the price.

Last week, NCPB managing director Gideon Misoi said the reduction in maize prices was guided by the current market situation.

Misoi moreover advised farmers who are not in rush of selling the commodity to deliver their maize to NCPB and store it under warehousing receipting system.

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