The government has now changed its tune on the plans to import maize after it emerged that the harvest season is around the corner.
According to the government, the reported food shortage in the country is only a creation of the media.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri and Strategic Food Reserve board chairman Noah Wekesa have agreed to halt the plans to import maize in a bid to curb an impending food shortage in the country.
While addressing the press on Tuesday, Wekesa said that the government has no plans to bring into the country any surplus.
“Government has realised that there is no need to bring in maize because maize is already coming," he said in part.
On July, 19, Former Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga faulted Kiunjuri over the plans to import maize. He said that cartels were behind the scheme to import maize for their selfish gains.
He also said that the farmers were bound to suffer if the government imports maize.
“We don't want our farmers to suffer because of maize imports by some goons. We know who they are and how they litter our markets,” he said, as quoted by Daily Nation.
The leaders from maize growing regions were pushing for the resignation of Kiunjuri over the plans to import.