Kiunjuri due to announce new NCPB boss after Terer exit
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri is expected to announce new changes at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) following the controversial exit of the managing director Newton Terer.
Mr Terer, who had started his second term at the grain handler last year, is said to have opted to resign before being fired for failing to vet grain that was bought by the agency, locking thousands of genuine farmers out.
There have been complaints that traders benefitted in selling maize that they had procured in Uganda at a cheap price and selling it expensively to NCPB at the expense of farmers.
Last week, the government said there was no immediate plans to purchase more maize from farmers having achieved its target for 2017/18 financial year.
NCPB, which has been paying Sh3,200 per 90 kilogramme bag, stopped buying maize from growers two months back citing their stores are full, locking out farmers’ grain.
The board is also grappling with a fertiliser scandal, where officials have been conniving with unscrupulous people to repackage the subsidised commodity for commercial sale.