PRESIDENT William Ruto has said next year, 2024 will be the last year for Kenya to import maize from abroad.
The National leader said this when he attended the service on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at the Anglican Church Diocese of Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.
Praising the cheap fertilizer program for farmers, the President emphasized that his goal is to stop the process of importing corn from abroad through the availability of inputs for farmers.
“We do not want to import corn again from abroad. Next year (2024) will be the last year to import corn. But from 2025 we will produce all the maize here in Kenya,” the President said.
Large-scale production of farm crops is highly dependent on the use of machinery and technological infrastructure.
Dr. Ruto acknowledged this challenge as a threshold for the desire to strengthen the agricultural sector in the country, but he said he will provide a solution.
“I have made a plan from next year, there will be enough bulldozers everywhere in Kenya. Farms everywhere should be used to produce food,” he said, feeling ashamed of using the farms of prisons and the army department to save on the cost of importing food from abroad.
Likewise, the President wanted farmers to dry their corn in the warehouses of the National Grain Board (NCPB) at a cheap price, aiming to control post-harvest losses.
Dr Ruto said the cost of steaming maize is now Sh70 instead of the previous price of Sh300 for each 90 kg bag.
“Also, if you want to store maize in the NCPD warehouses, we will store it for Sh10 per sack every month if you continue to look for a market,” he added, saying that farmers are not forced to sell their maize to the government.
Farmers have already rejected the price announced by the government of Sh4, 000 per 90 kg bag, given by the Ministry of Agriculture.