In an effort to address the country's worsening food crisis, the government plans to import 10 million bags of maize from other countries between February and April 2023.
This is according to Agriculture CS Mithika Linturi, who emphasized that Kenya will not import the aforementioned cereals this year and stated that the state will be in a precarious position in terms of food security without the additional supply of the produce. Linturi also stated that Kenya will not import the cereals.
The CS states that until a review determines that there are deficits, the importation of maize will not begin.
Linturi made the declaration in light of MP David Pkosing who addressed why the state needs to import maize when nearby ranchers are yet to deplete their maize supplies.
He also said that the Ministry will spend more money on increasing the production of local staple foods to close the gap in the food supply and make it easier to diversify the country's food supply.
Last week, lawmakers from maize-growing regions called for the importation of duty-free maize into the country to stop immediately.
The MPs from the North Rift region, led by Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, want to stop importing maize so that the government can clean up the maize farmers harvest.
More than 20 legislators assert that the country's maize prices will significantly decrease as a result of importation, severely hurting farmers who worked their farms despite the high cost of production.
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