Nandi Senator Samson Cheragei has sought a statement from the Senate Committee on Agriculture over a decision by the government to stop purchasing maize from local farmers.
In a statement issued before the Senate session on Tuesday, Cheragrei also wants the committee to explain why the ministry of Agriculture declares the country food insecure every year yet it has no elaborate plans to enable the country to be food secure instead it keeps suppressing its farmers.
The Senator further demanded for an explaination on the decision by the government to import maize.
“State why the ministry of Agriculture is currently importing four millions bags of maize at much higher price than that of local farmers yet they are saying they will no longer buy from local farmers, read part of the statement.
Cherargei also sought for an explanation on why the Ministry of Agriculture has not cushioned farmers during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
“Explain why the ministry has failed to cushion farmers during this pandemic period especially on fertilizers and other farm inputs since the farmers also were seriously affected economically like other Kenyans, noted the Senator.
For a long time, the government has been purchasing maize from farmers through the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) for its Strategic Food Reserves.
However, it did not purchase maize last year and the Ministry has indicated that it will be moving away from the initiative which Cherargei notes was reached without considering the fate of our farmers who depend entirely on the government for market.