By JOSEPH OJWANG.
Leaders continue to oppose government plans to import maize into the country due to shortage.
Nyando MP Jared Okello says opening floodgates for importation will breed corruption.
Okello says most farmers are currently harvesting maize from the farms noting that the shortage scenario being propelled by the ministry of agriculture is suspicious.
He says the government must cushion farmers from middlemen who are out to make a kill out of the importation quota.
Speaking in Nyakach constituency during a church funds drive in Nyabondo Catholic Church, the MP says farmers use a lot of money on maize farms and should not be frustrated while selling to the state.
Vihiga County Deputy Governor Dr Patrick Siasi says farmers had roadblocks while selling their grains to the National Cereals and Produce Board.
Siasi asked why the government is now planning to import maize into the country before sourcing for all maize from the farmers.
He says importing maize should be the last option for the government as a way of improving the welfare of farmers.