The Warehouse Receipting Procedure (WRS) has opened up its stores for farmers to deposit their grain in trade for receipts which they can dollars to fulfill their instant money wants.
This is also meant to save growers from middlemen who are eyeing to experience wherever they have not sown.
Mr Samuel Ogola, chief executive officer of the Warehouse Receipt Council explained farmers ought to consider their grain to the closest outlets to keep away from offering at bad selling prices.
This season’s maize crop will be the initially to be stored below the process following its start in January this yr.
Farmers in parts of the North Rift have started out harvesting maize and middlemen have flocked the region to just take benefit of individuals who are below economic strain these types of as faculty service fees payment.
“We stimulate farmers not to market at rates underneath their value of output simply because they are in a hurry to satisfy their economic requirements. They can shop it at WRS and receive receipts that they can use to obtain credit score,” said Mr Ogola.
The selling price of maize in North Rift has dropped from a significant of Sh5,500 for a 90-kilogramme bag in June to Sh4,000 presently with returns anticipated to drop additional in the coming times as additional stocks enter the marketplace.
Below the WRS, producers can preserve their maize at certified retailers as they wait around for the selling prices to stabilise. They are then issued with receipts, which they can funds at economic institutions taking part in the programme, an sum that is recovered soon after they have marketed their generate.
Farmers will pay Sh48 for a 90-kilogramme bag in the first thirty day period of storage with the subsequent months attracting a Sh9 charge.
“Farmers will not be demanded to shell out instantly when they deposit their grain. The quantity will be recovered later just after their grain is bought,” Mr Ogola mentioned. Mr Ogola mentioned the initial month’s cost is costly mainly because of the charges that are incurred in grading and fumigation of the grain.
So significantly the council has qualified 10 merchants in Moi’s Bridge, Kitale, Eldoret, and Nakuru, which have the capability to retailer at minimum 12 million bags.
In June 2019, Parliament handed The Warehouse Receipt Program Act, giving a legal as effectively as a regulatory framework for the improvement and regulation of a Warehouse Receipt Method and institution of the council.
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