Maize farmers raise concern over ongoing fresh vetting

Maize farmers from the North Rift have raised concern over the ongoing fresh vetting of those who delivered their produce to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).

Earlier in the month, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa directed farmers to visit their respective NCPB depots to verify their details to facilitate payment of their dues.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa while announcing the release of Ksh 1.4 billion which is part of Ksh 3.5 billion owed to farmers for maize deliveries since last year, asked farmers to undergo fresh vetting to weed out unscrupulous traders.

The fresh vetting and verification exercise began on Monday with processing of payments expected to kick start today.

The farmers are required to submit a number of documents such as copies of national ID, KRA pin certificate, passport photos, and weighbridge tickets, among others.

However, over 250 farmers from Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi and Nakuru counties who converged want to hear none of this, they claim, there is a hidden agenda aimed at frustrating them.

Moiben MP Silas Tiren questioned the veracity of the fresh vetting and demanded that the report on the Maize Scandal that was being investigated by parliament be made public first.

The MP also wants an audit of the origin of all the maize currently in NCPB stores after claims that traders had shipped in hundreds of bags and delivered to the board masquerading as local farmers.

  

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