The County Government of Uasin Gishu will soon set up a milling plant at a cost of Sh 472 Million to cushion maize farmers in the region from brokers who have been purchasing their produce at throwaway prices.
The farmers through their respective cooperative unions will contribute Sh 500,000 through the support of their respective members while the County Government will fund individual cooperatives in a bid to boost their contribution towards the construction of the plant.
The County Executive Committee for Cooperatives and Enterprise Development Ms. Esther Mutai said that once completed, the project will save farmers from exploitation from unscrupulous traders and brokers who have been purchasing their produce at throwaway prices.
The milling plant will go along way in addressing the myriad of challenges facing the maize sector whereby farmers will have a voice in as far as setting the prices of their produce.
“We want to bring our maize farmers together through registered cooperative unions so that they can participate in value addition and maximize returns on their produce,” said Mutai.
The plant groundbreaking ceremony to be presided over by Uasin Gishu Governor H.E Hon. Jackson Arap Mandago is scheduled for December this year.