23 November 2012

Kenya: Farmers Dismiss New NCPB Maize Price

Trans Nzoia farmers have dismissed as "too small" the increase in maize prices by National Cereals and Produce Board from Sh2,800 to Sh3,000 per 90kg bag.

Led by Wakimila Mumelo from Waitaluk, the farmers said the cost of production of maize per bag is more than Sh3,000. "We actually expected the increase of more than Sh3,000 per bag," he said.

Yesterday, the government increased the maize prices by Sh200 per 90kg bag after the farmers protested a price reduction in some parts of North Rift.

Cherangany' MP Joshua Kuttuny had planned to lead fresh demonstrations today if the government did not adjust the price. "We will not allow anything below Sh3,000 because the production cost of maize is higher," he said.

Kuttuny asked the government to allow farmers sell their commodities to other countries where maize has a higher demand. Millers are purchasing the commodity at more than Sh2,800.

A spot check by the Star showed that some farmers, who had hoarded maize yesterday started delivering it to the NCPB depots. NCPB managing director said the increase of maize prices was arrived at after consultations with the government.

Middlemen are also buying maize at various buying centres in Trans Nzoia County where most farmers have been taking their cereals as a substitute.

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