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Maize farmers demand better prices amid rising production costs

WITHERED MAIZE CROP IN UASIN GISHU COUNTY. FILE PHOTO | NMG 
WITHERED MAIZE CROP IN UASIN GISHU COUNTY. FILE PHOTO | NMG  

Growers in the North Rift have asked the Agriculture Ministry to announce the buying prices for this season’s maize crop.

This comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta disclosed that the government will spend Sh6 billion to buy the cereal under the Strategic Food Reserve programme.

The farmers say they want the ministry to purchase the produce for more than the Sh3,000 it offered last season per 90-kilogramme bag, citing increased production costs due to the outbreak of Fall Armyworm that damaged 40 per cent of their crop.

The farmers, who were led by Ainabkoi MP William Chepkut, say they want maize and wheat prices increased to enable them to break even.

They also say better prices will help them increase acreage of the crops, ensuring higher yields next season.