Gov’t told to stop planned maize importation to cushion local farmers: Wamunyinyi

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Kanduyi Mp Wafula Wamunyinyi (C), Bungoma County Health minister Dr.Antony Walela (R) and Kanduyi CDF Chairman Christopher Kalabayi on July 19, 2019. Photo/Oti Oteba/Newsflash.

The government has been asked to stop the planned maize importation from other countries to cushion the Kenyan farmer.

Kanduyi Mp Wafula Wamunyinyi states that the planned maize buying from other countries will  hurt local farmers.
Speaking in Bungoma town, the law maker called on President Uniting Kenyatta to crack the whip in the agriculture ministry to stop what he termed as the ‘biggest scandal’.
“Sir, your four big agendas will be derailed if the officers you have appointed will continue abusing their offices by sabotaging your manifestos, start by cracking the whip on the agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri,” said Wamunyinyi.
The legislator stated that there is a lot of maize in the country and instead of the governments buying it from them at a good price it is busy planning on to import from other countries at an exorbitant price.
He said that if a sack of maize is bought from countries like Mexico it will trade at Sh4,500 while the Kenyan farmer is paid Sh1,800 for the same.
“This is a scandal of the year if it is allowed to go on as planned, some individuals in the ministry wants to make a killing by importing maize into the country yet farmers in Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu and Nakuru still have enough maize in their homes and the National Cereals and Produce Board silos and they are yet to be paid,” said Wamunyinyi.
The Bungoma County Ford Kenya chairman called on the government to handsomely pay a Kenyan farmer the same price they would have used in importing maize from foreign countries because it will help them meet the family obligations.
He confirmed that Bungoma National Cereals and Produce Board stores currently has 600,000 and farmers are expected to harvest between 2-3 million more maize bags yet their last year’s produce is yet to be sold.
“Let the government pay farmers handsomely for their produced maize instead of thinking buying it from outsiders, our farmers are very much hard working but they are being frustrated by a cartel which plans to make a quick kill through maize importation,” said Wamunyinyi.