NCPB to start buying maize from farmers in 2 weeks
He said the total harvest in the country is expected to be 32 million bags as compared to last year’s 43 million bags due to poor climatic conditions and the Lethal Necrosis diseases that hit the crop in most parts of the country. The National Cereals and Produce Board will start purchasing harvested maize from farmers across the country within the next two weeks, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei has assured. Speaking at the Kitale ASK show, Mr Koskei called on farmers who are being exploited by middlemen by selling their produce at cheaper prices to be a bit patient to take advantage of the better NCPB prices instead.
The cabinet secretary also said the country will have to rely on bilateral trade to boost grain reserves following lower Maize production this year. “We will purchase maize from our neighbouring countries to boost our reserves owing to a deficit that was brought about by crop failure in most parts of the country,” he said.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily NationSimilar Stories