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Kenyatta Orders NCPB to Adopt New Measures that Favour Maize Farmers

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 29 -President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered for clearance of payment for maize supply to the National Cereals and Produce Board by October 2.

In a statement dispatched by the Presidential Strategic and Communication Unit, the President further directed NCPB to set selling price by farmers for 90kg bag at 2,500 minimum shillings.

In a bid to ensure farmers are able to dry and sell their maize with minimal post-harvest losses, the President directed that maize drying charges at the NCPB be reviewed downward by 50 percent, from the current 40 shillings per unit to 20 shillings per unit.

The Head of State said that the National Government will also avail maize driers to all maize growing areas by the coming season.

According to President Kenyatta these driers will be managed by groups of farmers/cooperatives at community level to ensure that farmers are able to store or sell their maize at the appropriate moisture content and thus contribute to enhance farmers income.

He urged millers to ensure that they prioritize mapping and mopping up all the maize that is available locally, noting that there will be no maize imports from outside the COMESA/EAC region.

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