Kiunjuri says discussions ongoing on maize prices
SEE ALSO :We must save Kenyan maize farmersThose opposed to the new price want to know how SFR arrived at it. “They have argued that the cost of producing a 90-kg bag of maize is Sh2,150 but Tegemeo Institute and SFR insist it cost Sh1,544. That is why we set up the team to resolve the dispute,” the CS said. Some farmers accused the Government of branding them cartels when they toil produce maize. “Why do you refer to us as cartels when we have documents to prove we are genuine farmers and that the grains came from our farms. We want that tag removed because it is hurting us,” said Paul Marus from North Rift. The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is investigating activities of some farmers, including those who are allegedly importing maize and selling to NCPB. Kiunjuri said 62 traders on the EACC list would not be paid until investigations are done. “I call on the rest of the farmers to be patient.” Moiben MP Silas Tiren and other leaders present as the CS spoke wondered why NCPB took too long to buy this season’s maize. “Why are the prices being subjected to scientific research yet last year farmers were paid without a hitch? This is a ploy to ensure farmers do not benefit from their efforts,” said Mr Tiren.