Government sets aside Ksh12bn to pay maize farmers

Written By: Benson Rioba
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Maize farmers who have delivered their produce to The National Produce and Cereal Board will start receiving their pay this week.

Deputy President William Ruto says the government has set aside 12 billion shillings to facilitate the exercise and that only local farmers will be considered.

Maize farmers who have been delivering maize to NCPB for the last two months have been turned away, with the government saying some unscrupulous traders were taking advantage of the Strategic Food Reserve Programme.

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This would see the roll out of a fresh audit and registration of local farmers.

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Deputy President William Ruto says the government is not relenting on this position.

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Ruto directed the Agriculture Ministry to start paying maize farmers from this week saying funds have already been released to facilitate the exercise that will last a fortnight.

He called for more agriculture innovations to help farmers mitigate climate change effects, sentiments echoed by Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri.

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stakeholders are urging the government to expedite their search  for ready markets for farmers’ produce.

They warned that lack of proper planning may derail agriculture development which is one of the government’s Big Four Plan.

 

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