In Summary
  • Mr Sang urged the government to continue with the subsidy programmes for farm inputs such as fertilisers.
  • A Kenya Farmers Association official advised the State to be paying farmers on time so that they can adequately plan for the next planting season.

The move by President Uhuru Kenyatta to increase the buying price for 90 kilogramme bag of maize from Sh2,300 to Sh2,500 per 90 kilogramme has been well-received by farmers in North Rift, the country’s grain hub.

For example, Mr Thomas Korgaren, a farmer from Moiben, in Uasin Gishu County, said Mr Kenyatta should be commended for his action, but should should go further in ensuring the overall production cost is lowered.

"We want to laud the President for the move to increase the price. However, we still hope that the government will increase the price to enable us break- even. We spend between Sh2,800 and Sh3,000 to produce one bag of maize," Mr Korgaren said.

SUBSIDY
The market price of maize had dropped with millers in North Rift buying the grain at Sh1,300 farm-gate price as farmers rushed to sell the crop to schools after they reopened.

Mr Joe Sang, another farmer, said the news was a blessing because millers are now buying the crop at Sh1,600.

"I was so demoralised that I considered reducing the maize acreage by 100 acres. But with this increase, we feel it is a relief to most farmers," he added.

Mr Sang urged the government to continue with the subsidy programmes for farm inputs such as fertilisers, and waive the drying charges at the cereal stores. Currently, Sh21 is levied for every moisture content drop.

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