Farmers up in arms after millers import cheaper maize from Uganda

Kenyan farmers have argued that cross-border trade in cereals is hurting them while favouring millers as the latter rush to import 6.6 million bags of cheap maize from Uganda.

The move has left farmers in Rift Valley stranded with their harvest after the Ministry of Agriculture scaled down purchases.

They have petitioned the government to restrict importation of cereals, saying millers are taking advantage of East Africa Common market protocol to import maize from Uganda and hoard the produce to cause an artificial shortage.