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Pay maize farmers now, MPs demand

Winstone Chiseremi @Wchiseremi

MPs from the North Rift have asked the government to expedite the release of Sh4.5 billion for payment of farmers who have delivered maize to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).

Moiben MP Silas Tiren said one week after the farmers were assured the money would be sent to their bank accounts, they were still waiting.

“Farmers want to prepare land ahead of planting season yet the government is delaying the release of their money,” said Tiren in Eldoret town.

Delayed payments

Soy MP Caleb Kositany and his Mosop counterpart Vincent Tuwei accused Agriculture Cabinet secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri of taking farmers for a ride and asked him to resign.

The leaders were speaking after hundreds of farmers stormed the NCPB Eldoret depot to protest delayed payments for maize deliveries.

Led by farmers Joseph Cherono and Kimutai Kolum, they dismissed explanation by NCPB officials that they were still carrying out verification of genuine maize growers in the region.

“We have been camping here for the past one month but there’s no official communication from the government regarding delayed payments,” said Cherono.

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