The woes on maize farmers from Rift Valley are set to deepen with the Agriculture Ministry's plan to import 19 million bags of maize.
This is void of the fact that scores of farmers from Rift Valley still have maize in their stores which they were unable to dispose due to poor prices by the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).
The Strategic Food Reserve (SFR) Chair, Noah Wekesa denied the claims of food crisis in the country.
Leaders from Rift Valley led by Moiben MP Silas Tiren have castigated this move by the government.
"If we have to save the Kenyan farmer, we should be honest, the President formed a task force to look into the malpractices that were witnessed last season at NCPB and we haven't received the report yet so that we avert a repeat of the same this season," Tiren's wrote on Facebook, Thursday.
The vocal legislator further opined that the Ministry of Agriculture is working with cartels to strain the government's agenda of food security, which is among President Uhuru's Big Four agenda.
"In my view, the ministry is working with cartels to sabotage the governments (sic) agenda of food security, they didn't do any consolation (sic) with SFR, Farmers Stakeholders or even the leadership of the grain basket and get the true picture of food situation in the country," added Tiren.
Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei on Saturday slammed the state for planning to import maize yet Kenyan farmers have millions of maize bags at home awaiting good prices by NCPB.