Cabinet approves purchase of maize at Ksh.2,300 per bag


President Uhuru Kenyatta during his address to the nation on September 14, 2018. Photo/PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta during his address to the nation on September 14, 2018. Photo/PSCU

The Cabinet on Thursday approved the purchase of 2 million bags of maize from local farmers at a price of Ksh. 2,300 per bag.

A Cabinet meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi and attended by Deputy President William Ruto approved proposals by the Ministry of Agriculture to purchase the maize as part of the ongoing proactive efforts by the Government to support local farmers.

In recent months, the President has called for urgent interventions to protect local maize farmers from market challenges including delayed payments.

Thursday’s Cabinet decision is a major relief to local farmers who have been raising concerns about the lack of an assured local market for their produce.

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