Uasin Gishu County Senator Prof Margaret Kamar has said crop diversification is not a solution to the woes facing the maize sector.
Speaking over the weekend during the official opening of Tumaini vocational training centre, Senator Kamar said farmers should not be force to diversify.
“Nobody can force a farmer to plant anything they don’t want to. You can never succeed in forcing them,”said Kamar.
Senator Kamar said Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu counties have traditionally been a grain growing area and the government must ensure farmers are taken care of to enhance food security.
“Maize and wheat farmers must be taken care of. If food security is one of the Big Four Agenda then we must take care of the farmer right from fertiliser and seed acquisitions,”said Kamar.
The Senator challenged the government to support maize farmers with subsidised fertilisers and seeds.
The legislator at the same time accused the management of the National Cereals and Produce Board(NCPB) for colluding with millers to deny farmers space for their harvest.
Prof Kamar said during the Senate Ad hoc committee on maize, they discovered that NCPB stores were full with maize belonging to millers.