The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) has lauded the government’s effort in combating the spread of coronavirus by ensuring that the Agriculture sector is vibrant despite the pandemic.
Through their chairman in charge of Agriculture Dr Bimal kantaria, KEPSA is requesting the government to put in place measures to ensure that there is food security with the onset of the long rains in the country.
Speaking during the agriculture journalist forum, Bimal further urged companies to help mitigate the effects of job losses and layoffs by offering incentives and consumables to the affected staff.
He also noted the ministry of agriculture’s effort to deal with the desert locust menace which he says could pose a challenge to food security in the country.
Meanwhile, farmers who have maize stock from last year’s harvest are being urged to sell the produce to millers.
Speaking on phone to KBC Channel 1, Agriculture Principal Secretary Professor Hamadi Boga said the earliest the imported stocks will hit the market in June.
Strategic Food Reserve Chair Noah Wekesa says the price of maize is still favourable and farmers should take advantage to sell the produce.
As a measure to protect local farmers, the imported maize will attract a 14 percent import duty.
Farmers, however, fear that importation of maize is likely to expose them to unscrupulous traders who will exploit them on pricing.