Maize farmers in Lugari Sub-county, Kakamega County, are set to get higher returns after the World Food Program (WFP) kicked off its initiative to purchase the produce at a fair price.
According to Majengo Farmers’ Cooperative Society chair Alice Adage, the first batch of 2,200 bags of the produce stored by farmers at the Majengo Warehouse in the sub-county has already been bought by the WFP.
The initiative will see farmers exchange their produce for a fair price of Sh3,000 per bag, according to the Kakamega County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Geoffrey Omulayi, who told West FM that this will discourage brokers who are fond of buying the produce at ridiculous prices.
“It is encouraging that WFP has been here in Lugari and bought our maize at Kshs. 3,000 per 90 kg bag, which is a good price,” Omulayi said, challenging farmers to produce quality maize to maximise their profit.
“The international market has now opened to our farmers here in Lugari and Kakamega County at large and, therefore, quality produce is needed for export to fetch good prices since from here this consignment is being transported to the Coast where it will be exported to foreign countries.”
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