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National cereals and Produce Board is a State Corporation that was established in 1985 through an Act of Parliament (Cap 338). It is a Statutory Board under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Cooperatives. It was formed by the amalgamation of The Maize and Produce Board and The Wheat Board on 1st July 1979
NCPB trades commercially in grains, provides grain post-harvest services, deals in fertilizer and other farm inputs like seeds, and offers clearing and forwarding services. It is an agent of the Government in the procurement, management, and distribution of Strategic Food Reserves (SFR) and Famine Relief Stocks. The National Cereals and Produce Board Act establishes and defines the functions of the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) in Kenya.
Composition Of National Cereals And Produce Board
The members of the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) are as follows—
- a Chairman who should be appointed by the President;
- two persons who are maize growers appointed by Cabinet secretary (responsible for matters related to the Board);
- one person who is a wheat grower appointed by the Cabinet Secretary;
- two persons appointed by the Cabinet Secretary of whom one should represent consumers’ interests and the other millers’ interests;
- the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for the time being responsible for matters relating to the Board, or a person appointed by them in writing either generally or for a particular purpose or meeting;
- the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for the time being responsible for agriculture, or a person appointed by them in writing either generally or for a particular purpose or meeting;
- the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for the time being responsible for Finance, or a person appointed by them in writing either generally or for a particular purpose or meeting;
- the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President, or a person appointed by them in writing either generally or for a particular purpose or meeting;
- a person nominated by the Kenya Grain Growers Co-operative Union Limited and appointed by the Cabinet Secretary;
- the managing director of the Board.
Functions Of The National Cereals And Produce Board
The functions of the National Cereals and Produce Board should be—
- to regulate or to control the collection, movement, storage, sale, purchase, transportation, marketing, processing, distribution, importation, exportation, disposal and supply of maize, wheat and scheduled agricultural produce;
- to buy, store, sell, import, export or otherwise acquire and dispose of maize, wheat and scheduled agricultural produce in such manner, such quantities and on such terms as it may, from time to time, deem necessary to fulfil the requirements of producers and consumers in Kenya;
- to advise the Cabinet Secretary on the proper production of maize, wheat and scheduled agricultural produce in relation to the needs of Kenya, and the extent to which control over the exportation and importation of maize, wheat or scheduled agricultural produce is desirable or necessary;
- to do any other act which is connected or incidental to the functions mentioned above.
In fulfilling its functions, the Board should comply with any general or special directions which the Cabinet Secretary may give.
Powers Of The National Cereals And Produce Board
The Board should be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal.
The Board should have power—
- to enter into contracts and arrangements which may, in the opinion of the Board, be necessary or expedient for the better carrying out of the objects of the National Cereals and Produce Board Act;
- to establish and operate in the name of the Board any bank accounts it may deem necessary or convenient;
- to invest and deal with any moneys of the Board not immediately required by the Board, in and upon such investments and securities as are allowed by law for the investment of trust funds or such other securities or investments as may be approved by the Treasury for the purposes of this paragraph;
- to draw, make, accept, endorse, discount, execute and issue bills of exchange, promissory notes, bills of lading and other negotiable or transferable instruments or securities;
- to set up reserve or equalisation funds in respect of maize, wheat or scheduled agricultural produce as may, for any year, have generated excess profits which in the opinion of the Board may be used to support subsequent falls in market prices;
- to raise or borrow, with the approval of the Minister, such sums of money as it may require for the provision of working capital, the establishment or acquisition of property or undertakings required by the Board, or any other expenditure properly incurred by the Board for the purposes of the National Cereals and Produce Board Act.
For more about the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB), see the National Cereals and Produce Board Act(opens in a new tab) and visit their website at ncpb.co.ke.
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- Registration of farmers is the work of Agricultural Officers at Sub County and Ward levels. Farmers who are not registered will not access fertiliser.
- A registered and vetted farmer will the be issued with an official form by the vetting committee indicating the crops he/she grows and the quantity of fertilizer he/she needs to buy on the size of land prepared for planting and the available fertilizer as per allocation on the distribution list.
- Forms of authorization signatories of the officers vetting farmers shall be availed to the NCPB Regional Manager and Depot Manager in the locality in advance so that the the Depot/Silo Manager can authenticate the signature on the vetting forms to confirm if they are genuine.
- Forms MUST be filled in full, verified by vetting committee. Half filled form will not accepted by NCPB personnel and will be referred back to the vetting committee for fresh vetting.
- After verifying the form is genuine, the depot/silo manager shall confirm the availability of stock in the store and if adequate, endorses and stamps the voucher and indicates the account number and the bank or Mpesa till number as the case might be.
- Farmer shall proceed to deposit the cash or pay via Mpesa.
RELEASE OF FERTILISER
- Deposit/silo manager shall confirm the slip and Mpesa transactions using online statements and authorize on the deposit slip attached with fully processed voucher and the farmer’s identity cards.
- Cashier raises a prepaid sales order for the approved quantity.
- Farmers endorses all provisions of sale documents without fail.
- Cashier MUST confirm that the ID, the farmers photograph and other details match.
- Stores clerk after receiving the green copy of sales order from the cashier will proceed to raise customer dispatch advice (CDA) for prepaid sales order or invoice dispatch advice (IDA) for credit sales order(CSO).
- Customer (Farmer) must sign the customer dispatch advice CDA as provided to confirm having collected the subsidized fertiliser.
FARMERS COOPERATIVES SOCIETIES
1. All the cooperative societies wishing to access subsidized fertilizers must be legally registered
2.Respective members must also be registered farmers in MOAL&F database fully verified and confirmed
3. The cooperative society’s fertilizer requirements will be rationalized by the county to ensure equity in considerations of quantities and types available in NCPB depots as per the allocation.
4. The rationalized quanties by the counties shall be forwarded to the MOAL&F for approval by the principal secretary.
5. The initialized quantities once approved in the permanent secretary will be forwarded to NCPB head office for onward transmission to the depots/silos for implementation.
National Cereals And Produce Board Contacts
* Location : Machakos Road,Industrial Area
* Call : 0722205756/0733333159
* Head Office Tel : 020-6536028/6555288
* Address : P.O Box 30586-00100, Nairobi, Kenya,
* Email : email@example.com
* Website : www.ncpb.co.ke