Tons of Maize decomposes at NCPB

Several tons of Maize are currently decomposing outside the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) depots in Ntimaru, Migori County that is yet to take in the maize delivered over a week ago.

This has seen farmers in the area express fear that they could incur huge losses with the maize currently decomposing outside the depots due to the ongoing rains.

Post-harvest losses due to poor handling and lack of storage facilities for grains have been the main impediment towards realizing food security in Kenya.

Even as famine looms in some parts of the country, farmers in Ntimaru, Migori County are counting losses as their maize produce decomposes due to lack of storage facilities.

Since the onset of the rains, farmers have been camping outside the NCPB stores shielding their maize from the heavy downpour that has been experienced in the region.

The farmers say their grain is now already germinating due to the high moisture content.

They fault the management  of the  Board  for not  providing enough  storage  bags  for the  maize  which they took there before the onset of the rains.

The farmers say they want their grain purchased by the government to avoid exploitation by middlemen.

At  the  same time, the farmers are blaming NCPB of limiting  the  quantity  of fertilizer  supplied to  them which they  say is at times not  commensurate  to the size of their  farms.


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