Trans Nzoia Deputy Governor Dr. Stanley Tarus has called on the national government to fast-track payment of dues owed to maize farmers who delivered their produce to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) last season.
Speaking at the North Rift – Kitale Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) show, Dr. Tarus also urged the NCPB to empty their stores so that farmers can be able to supply the produce from this season’s harvest.
The board owes more than Sh 90 million to about 47 large scale maize farmers in the county. The farmers delivered their maize produce to the NCPB last year and have been waiting long for the government to release the funds to them.
Dr. Tarus however lauded the government for the initial payment made to a number of farmers even as he pushed for full settlement of all the dues owed to farmers by the strategic grain reserve for their supplies.
Dr. Tarus who was accompanied by the Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa noted that harmonious working relations between the two levels of government – national and county, will ensure citizens benefit more from devolution.
He welcomed the collaboration by county governments and the ministry of devolution under which citizens have benefited through the Kenya Devolution Support program (KDSP)
On his part, Mr. Wamalwa hinted that the second batch of farmers who had not been paid will receive their dues in the next two weeks adding that the ministry is in consultation with the treasury to release the funds to the farmers in good time.
The CS also urged farmers from the region to diversify into other productive crops like coffee, tea and other early maturity crops citing that they will enhance cash flow.