By George Munene
Farmers from Kenya’s grain hub of North Rift Valley have demanded a rise in the price of maize being offered by The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) from Sh.1,305 for a 50 kilogram bag to Sh.3,000 for a 90 kilogram bag. This price farmers say is commensurate to the cost of production.
For a 50 kilogram bag the farmers say a fairer price would be Sh.1,700.
“Given the prevailing cost of production, it is impossible for me to make a profit from selling my maize at current prices, explained Gideon Tanui, an Elgeyo Marakwet maize farmer.
Maize farmers in the country have complained that the agriculture ministry has neglected them and focused on enacting regulations that uplift coffee, tea macadamia, avocado and potato agriculture sub-sectors.
They have vowed not to sell their maize at the prevailing prices.