'Eat rice or potatoes': Agriculture CS Linturi tells Kenyans amid maize shortage
Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi has now called on Kenyans to consume other
food products apart from maize owing to the prolonged shortage being witnessed in the country.
Tuesday when he appeared before the Parliamentary committee on Agriculture and
Livestock, CS Linturi said other countries are presently unwilling to sell
their maize to Kenya in fear of a looming shortage and thus citizens should
The CS, to support
this, said the government has since already imported about 43 metric tonnes of
rice into the country to ensure there is enough food supply.
“We are trying to
look for maize out there but the truth of the matter is that it is not there,”
“Some of the
countries we have approached do not want to share their maize with us because
they are afraid of their food security. I, therefore, urge Kenyans to embrace
rice, potatoes, and other food substitutes. We have already brought tonnes of rice
and we are bringing more next week.”
consequently expressed the government’s commitment to ensuring there is adequate
food to cushion Kenyans following the prolonged drought, saying it had also
imported 1,305 metric tonnes of maize.
“We have put in
place adequate mechanisms to ensure the country has enough food. We expect when
these commodities come into the market, prices will come down,” the CS said.
In the same light,
Linturi implored farmers to sell their maize to the government since importation
would lower the prices in the market.
“In another ten
days, we will have landed in this country with enough rice and maize. I ask
you, members, to ask farmers to release any maize they are holding as prices
will crush when this maize comes in," he said.
follow those of his predecessor, former Agriculture CS Peter Munya, who
made a similar statement last year where he urged Kenyans not to over-depend on
maize, which is the country’s staple food, but to try other types of indigenous
“We are looking to
remove the import charges and we have begun looking for maize in the
neighbouring countries since our country has been experiencing drought. We are
in talks with countries like Zambia and Uganda...and I don’t want to talk much
before the deal is finalised,” he said in July 2022.
“If you go through
this agricultural show, you will see different types of food; it is good that
Kenyans don’t eat only one type of food when they grow different varieties. For
our bodies to have strength, we need to depend on other types of food other
No comments yet.