Ministry of Agriculture and National Treasury directed to pay farmers

President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday evening instructed Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Mwangi Kiunjuri to authorize the National and Cereals Produce Board through the strategic food reserve to immediately open buying centers and stores to receive maize from farmers across the country in coordination with respective county governments.

Following various government interventions and the good weather experienced in 2018 it resulted to a bumper harvest to the tune of 46 million bags. The president has authorized the strategic food reserve to purchase two million, 90kg bags of maize at ksh. 2,500 per bag.

The government will simultaneously release 1.7 million 90kg bags of maize at ksh. 1,600 and an additional 300,000 bags of animal feed at ksh. 1,400 per bag.