The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Cereals Board Bank Accounts Reopened

The National Cereals and Produce Board bank accounts, which had been attached due a debt row, have been re-opened. The board is using the accounts to buy maize and pay farmers, who have so far delivered 300,000 bags of maize at NCPB depots.

NCPB spokesman Evans Wasike said they have resumed normal operations and the purchase of maize is going on smoothly. "Our operations are going on well and we plan to serve farmers better," he said on the phone yesterday.

The accounts had been attached following a dispute between the board and Eras Supplies Ltd, which was demanding more than Sh500 million for alleged breach of contract.

The board will buy one million bags of maize from farmers at a cost of Sh3 billion. NCPB is receiving about 10,000 bags of maize daily but the deliveries are expected to increase.

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