In a speech to the Council of Governors on Monday, November 28, Linturi said that the data available to the ministry does not show a supply gap that warrants an increase from the external market. He assured the county chief that the stock in the country's food basket is sufficient for all Kenyans.
"Don't worry, you will have food. I am the national food watchdog and I will report more about it as I have information," said Linturi.
CS Tananen has sent the Kuria clarion to the farmers asking them to sell their produce to the miller so that the government does not go to the foreign market. He defended farmers from being accused of hoarding corn and said they could only sell what was left after their personal needs were met.
Taking a swipe at Trade CS to import genetically modified organism (GMO) corn, Linturi said adequate food supply must be linked to quality.
"You cannot be forced to sell your products. The government is working to ensure food security and proper nutrition in the country," he said.
It also ensured that the price of maize, a staple food for most Kenyans, would drop. On November 28, Kuria admitted that there is a deficit in the production of maize in the country.
"Even if all the corn is released, we will lack 15 million; Linturi brought it to me. What should we do after we finish?" He pointed.
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