- Bundotich Zedekiah who unsuccessfully contested for Uasin Gishu gubernatorial seat in 2017 said offering farmers better maize prices would benefit the country
- He said farmers were right to demand for better prices for their produce because government paid more for imported genetically modified maize
- The newly appointed Chemelil Sugar Company board chairman said sugarcane, tea and coffee farmers needed better rewards for their hard work
- Buzeki said farmers comprise Kenya's 80% population residing in rural areas and empowering them would be developing the country
Renowned Uasin Gishu business man and politician Bundotich Zedekiah Kiprop alias Buzeki has backed farmers' demand for better maize prices at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).
This comes after maize farmers in the North Rift region threatened not to deliver their produce at NCPB after the Cabinet approved a price of KSh 2,300 per 90kgs bag against their proposed KSh 3,600 price for the same quantity.
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Bundotich Zedekiah Kiprop said the country would not lose anything by offering maize farmers better prices for their produce. Photo: Bundotich Zedekiah/Twitter.
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In a tweet by Buzeki seen by TUKO.co.ke, on Saturday, November 23, he said the government would not be losing anything by offering domestic agricultural producers better pay for their yields.
The tycoon politician who doubles up as Chemelil Sugar Company Limited board chairman argued it was illogical for the government to refuse to purchase maize at a profitable price from local farmers yet it had paid more for imported produce from mexico.
"It is no loss to anyone if government buys farm produce at a profitable price to farmers. Imported farm produce is GMO and costs more by the time it gets to our dinner tables," tweeted Buzeki.
Buzeki said government needed to pay profitable prices to local agricultural producers as it had done to exporters from other countries. Photo: Bundotich Zedekiah/Twitter.
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The tycoon who unsuccessfully contested for the Uasin Gishu gubernatorial seat in the 2017 General Election and strongly perceived to be Deputy President William Ruto's ally said farmers' needed not to be demonised for making rightful demands.
"Farmers have a right to demand better prices for maize, tea, coffee and sugarcane," he added.
Buzeki who automatically inclined to the position of MPs Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills), Joshua Kutuny (Cherangany) and Silas Tiren of Moiben said 80% of Kenya's population was rural thus majorly comprising farmers.
He argued that empowering such a huge portion of the country's population would be spurring economic growth in the country.
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