The National Government will now buy maize being harvested at KSh 2,300 per 90kg bag following a Cabinet approval.
According to a statement from Statehouse, the Cabinet approved the price that had earlier been set by the Strategic Food Reserve Fund(SFRF).
The National Cereals and Produce Board will purchase 2 million bags of maize from local farmers.
“The Cabinet today approved the purchase of 2 million bags of maize from local farmers at the price of KSh 2300 per bag. The maize will be purchased through the National Cereals and Produce Board,”read the statement.
This potentially sets the stage for conflict with farmers who had demanded that the government sets the purchase price at KSh 3600.
The price had been announced a week ago by the Strategic Food Reserve Fund, but was later suspended by Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri.
Last week, three North Rift MPs and maize farmers threatened to stage massive street protests in Eldoret over low maize prices and scandals that have rocked the NCPB.
Led by MPs Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills), Sila Tiren(Moiben) and Joshua Kutuny(Cheranganyi), the farmers had given the government two weeks to declare KSh 3,600 as the new price, up from the KSh 2,300.
The Jubilee lawmakers also called for probe on Deputy President William Ruto and his allies over the maize crisis.