Trade Ministry Secretary Musa Kuria issued an ultimatum to farmers ahead of a Cabinet meeting chaired by President William Ruto. Addressing residents of Trans Nzoia on Saturday, November 26, the CS accused the farmers of withholding their maize and gave them an ultimatum of 72 hours to release their maize.
He explained that the farmers only have 72 hours to unload the corn before the meeting on Tuesday, November 29. CS said the final decision whether to import corn or buy it from farmers depends on the decision of the cabinet.
“We have a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday that will give a way forward. So you have 72 hours to release the maize before the Cabinet meeting. I see you have started to distribute the maize and I like it," said Kuria.
He also said that the decision to import maize was informed by the ongoing drought and the country's hell to ensure that no one dies of hunger.
"We don't want to do what we did. We just don't want anyone to die of hunger, because this generation and future generations will be blamed," he said.
Saboti MP Caleb Amisi, who was present, said the state is the breadbasket of Trans Nzoia farmers. However, he said, farmers are not getting returns on their investment and the situation will worsen if imports are approved.
"This is the bread basket of Trans Nzoia and the Republic of Kenya. We have a basket but there is no bread in it. Now you are going to steal the basket. CS, the farmers here are our strength. We want to empower our farmers."
Kuria has come under fire in recent weeks after suggesting the country would import genetically modified crops. However, the leaders of the North Rift region have argued that the move will put their farmers at a disadvantage.
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