Sunday November 25, 2018– Cherangany MP, Joshua Kutuny, has rejected the government’s Sh2,300 offer for a bag maize, vowing that farmers will not accept anything less than Sh3,600 for a 90kg bag.
Addressing a press conference on Friday , Kutuny who was accompanied by Nandi Hills MP, Alfred Keter and Moiben MP, Silas Teren, said the government price is below the cost of production and an insult to millions of maize farmers in the country.
On Thursday, the Cabinet approved the purchase of maize for Sh2,300 per 90kg bag in a meeting chaired by Uhuru and attended by his deputy William Ruto.
But Kutuny said he will mobilise farmers to reject the price.
“As MPs from Rift Valley, we are here to say that we have rejected the Sh2,300 per bag. To produce one bag of maize, a farmer invests a lot of money,” Kutuny said.
“If the government wants to realise food security as contained in the Big Four agenda then farmers of this country, who are producers of food, must be prioritised in terms of better prices for their produce.” Kutuny added.
The outspoken MP said he will not rest until maize farmers are offered good prices of their products.
“We will not relent in the fight for better prices. It is very unfortunate that the government took a decision which goes against farmers’ wishes,” he said.
The Kenyan DAILY POST