Kesses MP James Kimaru Bett has asked the Government to re-open the National cereals and produce board(NCPB) to rescue maize farmers from exploitation.
Bett said middlemen were fleecing farmers since NCPB depots are closed.
The legislator said farmers produce was rotting due to short rains being experienced in the region resulting to heavy losses being incurred by farmers.
“It is unfortunate that farmers from North Rift,which is the country’s bread basket, are incurring heavy losses due to lack of a place to sell their produce,”said Bett.
The lawmaker was speaking at Tarakwa Secondary School in his constituency, when he presented a Constituency Development
Fund(CDF) funded school bus.
He also asked the government to increase maize prices saying this would cushion farmers who are still going to incur extra costs in drying their crop to attain the 13 per cent moisture content required by private millers.
“Farmers in North Rift were forced to replant maize due to a dry spell and the maize lethal necrosis disease that is why we are calling for better prices,”added Bett.