The government has cautioned maize farmers in the country to watch out for middlemen who are buying their produce throw away prices.
Speaking at Moi’s bridge, Cabinet secretary for agriculture Felix Koskei says the traders have been buying maize at 1500- 1700 shillings then mobilizing farmers to protest in-order to push the cereals board to open its depots.
Koskei further says that the middlemen purporting to be farmers are mobilizing farmers to demonstrate in order to push the National Cereals and Produce Board to open its depots countrywide to bring in their maize.
He warns the middlemen that their days are numbered.
The government is yet to release the 2.7 billion set aside to purchase maize in the country. Farmers have been claiming that the delay by NCPB in purchasing this season’s produce is making them vulnerable to the middlemen.
This comes against the backdrop of an impending food crisis caused by disease outbreaks and erratic weather conditions.
He urged the county governments of Kitale,Uasin gichu, Nandi, Elgeyo marakwet, Bungoma to provide a solution that will ensure farmers to gain from their produce.