The Senate ad hoc committee on maize crisis has rejected the 2,300 shillings per 90 kilograms bag price being offered by the government.
The committee instead wants the government to increase the price to 3000 shillings claiming the current offer makes a mockery on the farmers efforts based on the cost of production.
The senate committee claims the rates as an abuse to thousands of farmers across the country who had invested millions of shilling to feed the nation.
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula a member of the committee claimed the country’s food security was under threat due to the oppression of the farmers by the State.
Wetangula said that the committee in its report which will be tabled in Senate next week was proposing that the farmers be paid 3,000 per bag as the government recently slapped a 16 percent tax on chemicals and fuel which he said has led to the rise in farm inputs.
They wondered why the government approved 3,200 par 90 kg bag last year only to lower this year yet the cost of living is skyrocketing.