Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has given farmers his word that the country won’t import maize.
He added Kenyans didn’t need to worry regarding the availability of food n the country.
While speaking to journalists in Monti town Lodwar on Saturday, the CS said recent rains have spiked pasture regeneration and boosted food crops in the country.
He was assessing how they could control the spread of desert locusts in Turkana county.
During the presser, Munya added that only private maize traders had the go-ahead to transport maize.
“To fill the gap of what the country needs, traders have clear instructions to transport specifically determined quantity before the time of harvest,” said Mr. Munya
He said producers and millers should not use the covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to take advantage of consumers.
“To ensure necessary commodities don’t go beyond what a consumer can afford, the State continues to monitor prices of all essential goods. Also, the monitoring well ensure prices don’t go below the requirement of producers,” explained Munya.
He forewarned counties against making situations that will cause food shortage through illegal revenue collection.
He further encouraged the council of governors through Muthomi Njoki of Tharaka-Nithi, who heads the Agriculture committee.
Munya requested him to improve food availability in the country by removing excess fees on farm products.
The Agriculture CS said some roadblocks erected in the country charged cess fee on farm produce.
“You charge cess fees on produce from other counties and your counties accessing your region. It’s not good to charge cess fees for goods on transit,” said Munya.
As a result, Munya said goods on transit continue to accumulate huge losses and high prices due to the charges.
The CS assured Samburu, Laikipia, Turkana, and Marsabit, which continue to fight the invasion of locusts of a ground spraying of the nymphs from NYS youth.