President Ruto Postpones Maize Import Plan

In order to alleviate the country’s rising food problem, the administration intends to import 10 million bags of maize between February and April 2023.

According to Agriculture CS Mithika Linturi, Kenya will not import the aforementioned grains this year, putting the country in a perilous position in terms of food security without the additional supply.

Linturi made the declaration in answer to MP David Pkosing’s concern about why the state wants to import maize since local farmers haven’t depleted their stocks.

“The government plans to allow maize importation from the region and facilitate further inflows from outside the EAC and COMESA regions. Another Cabinet Memo has been prepared to seek approval to import maize duty-free to improve availability and accessibility in good time to evade a hunger crisis in mid-2023,” Linturi told Parliament in a statement.

Last week, members of parliament from maize-growing areas demanded that the planned importation of duty-free maize into the country be halted immediately.

The North Rift MPs, led by Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, want the importation to be halted so that farmers’ harvested maize can be mopped up by the government.