The minister of Agriculture Mithika Linturi has rejected the statement of the counterpart of the Ministry of Commerce Moses Kuria about the import order that requires farmers to sell maize within 72 hours.
"I keep track of how much food is needed and what the deficit is. Hold on to your maize because I want to give you a place ready to purchase . Once I get all the food information, I will report more on the national food situation. Rest, you are going to eat," said CS.
He also explained that no one would force farmers to sell their produce as he advised them to sell only the surplus.
"You cannot be forced to sell your products. I tell the small farmers not to sell everything until there is no food. I assure you that our country is working all the time to ensure the availability of food in the country. Not only food, but proper nutrition .We will make sure that the cost of food is reduced and I will make sure that it happens," said Linturi.
Three days ago, Musa Kuria ordered the farmers to release the stored grain within 72 hours to reduce the food shortage and the low price of maize flour or compete with 10 million bags of imported maize for the market.
The Trade CS, who recently came under fire for his comments on GMO corn, said the minister may be forced to approve the import of corn if farmers do not comply with the directive.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister, Musalia Mudavadi, said that the order for the import of maize should be given by the Ministry of Agriculture as Kuria called the CS of Agriculture to allow him to handle the problem.
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