Farmers Oppose Plan by Gov’t to Import Duty-free Maize
The government earlier this month announced that they have plans to open the window for duty-free importation of the maize into the country as from July, to fill the current deficit due to prolonged drought.
In the statement, the government cited lack of enough maize to sustain the country till the next harvesting season.
The plan by the state has however received a stern rejection from the farmers claiming that they do have enough grains.
While airing farmers concerns, Cereal Growers Association Chairman, Stephanus Kruger, said that it’s high time the government gave finer details on the duration the window will remain open, and the number of bags they target to import.
Mr Kruger added that farmers face high charges in the event when transporting farm produce across the counties and therefore there is a need for the government to address the matter.
The farmers suggested that removing Value Added Tax on the farm inputs and equipment would play a critical role in boosting the farm yields and hence higher income from the practice.
Generally, farming provides the livelihood (employment, income and food security needs) for more than 80 per cent of the Kenyan population and contributes to improving nutrition through the production of safe, diverse and nutrient-dense foods.
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