Uasin Gishu, Nandi Farmers Oppose Plans to Import Maize
July 19, 2019
Maize farmers in Uasin Gishu and Nandi Counties told the Strategic Food Reserve Board that there was enough maize in the country to meet the people’s needs. Speaking to the board representatives led by Noah Wekesa, the farmers were vehemently opposed to plans to import maize.
Meanwhile, the government spokesman Cyrus Oguna told residents of Baringo that the government would come to a decision that would be good for all Kenyans.
Yesterday, the Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri had announced that Kenya would need to import maize to avert a food crisis.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is said to have discussed plans to import maize from Tanzania with the country’s president Pombe Magufuli. Oguna assured the public that there was enough food in the country. Farmers in the North Rift want the National Cereals and Produce Board to buy their maize at Sh 3,000 per bag.
Former Forestry and Wildlife Minister Noah Wekesa was accompanied by Lucas Chepkitony, a former MP, Omar Salat the CEO, and Moiben MP Silas Tiren.
Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri was on the spot for withdrawing Sh 1.8 billion out of the Strategic Food Reserve Trust Fund, an amount that farmers suspect was meant for importation of maize.