The Senate ad hoc committee on maize crisis has rejected the KSh 2,300 shillings per 90 kilograms bag price that was approved by Cabinet.
The committee led by Uasin Gishu Senator Prof. Margaret Kamar now wants the government to increase the price to 3000 shillings.
The committee wondered how the government lowered the price to 2300 from last year’s 3,200 per 90 kg bag yet the cost of living has skyrocketed.
“From last year, the cost of living and inflation have shot up. Instead of the government increasing the price of maize, it’s reducing it. This does not make sense,” said Kamar who chairs the committee.
Kamar asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and reconsider the price to end farmers woes.
“We are calling on President Kenyatta to intervene and reconsider this decision as the strategic food reserve is in danger due to the continued oppression of the farmers,”she added.
According to Kamar, the committee will table its report in the Senate next week. The report recommends the price of maize to be set at a minimum of KSh3,000.
Those in the committee include; Senate Leader of Minority Moses Wetangula, Bomet Senator Christopher Langat, Trans Nzoia’s Michael Mbito and Nominated Senator Mary Seneta.