A section of leaders from Trans Nzoia County have faulted Members of Parliament for failure to make laws to address issues ailing the maize sector in the country.
Led by Trans Nzoia County Assembly Speaker Joshua Werunga, the leaders said the MPs have not come out to ensure farmers get their right to be paid their dues for produce they delivered to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).
Werunga said farmers in the country continue to face many challenges due to poor leadership with leaders who do not fight to uplift the standards of farmers.
“Trans Nzoia is known for maize farming and instead of benefiting from maize, we are now crying over the maize crisis,” he said.
He said maize farmers in the country had been reduced to gamblers left with uncertainty on the availability of market for their produce.
He said it was sad that the price of a 90kg bag of maize had dropped drastically and was now “equivalent to that of a cock.”
Werunga pointed an accusing finger on Members of Parliament for failing to take action to pass critical legislation to protect the interests of farmers.
“We cannot allow farmers to be made gamblers. This problems are emanating from leaders, MPs will come here and talk of ways to help farmers but where were they when they passed the budget? They did not allocate adequate funds to agriculture.”