Bungoma county governor Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati has said that the county government will be buying farmers’ produce after this season’s harvest to save them from middlemen.
Speaking on Tuesday April 10, 2018 in Kimaet ward of Bumula constituency during a funeral function, Wangamati said that middlemen have over a long period of time buying maize from Bungoma farmers at a throw away price.
“Our farmers have over a long period of time suffered from these middlemen who normally buy from them maize at a throw away price after every harvesting season, taking advantage of farmers who are mostly in a hurry of selling their produce in need of cash,” said Wangamati.
He noted that the county government was going to partner with the National Cereals and Produce Board(NCPB) as from July and buy maize from farmers at a fair price.
“We are going to partner with the NCPB from July and buy maize from our farmers at a fair price to prevent the middlemen from taking advantage of you every other harvesting season,” Wangamati said.
Bungoma county being one of the earmarked counties to ensure national food security has been promised good food conservation methods and full support from the national government.
Last month Agriculture PS Richard Lesyampe together with CAS Livestock Andrew Murgor toured Bungoma county to discuss and agree with farmers on how to increase food production to ensure national food security.
Lesyampe promised to add more maize driers to Bungoma county NCPBs in Webuye and Bungoma to help farmers dry their produce under right conditions.
Governor Wangamati while speaking at the same event in Bumula also thanked security officers for the efforts they had put in to gab insecurity in Mt Elgon region which had persisted for a long time.
He further called upon Luhya leaders to unite and work together regardless of their parties, and even merge their parties and form one umbrella to be used in claiming the topmost national seat.