• Mureu's sentiments comes after the government imported duty free maize.
• Leaders from the North Rift and Western regions protested over the importation of GMO maize demanding for a halt, until local farmers complete their harvesting.
National Cereals and Produce Board director James Mureu has said that they do not have maize because farmers are hoarding it.
Speaking on Thursday, Mureu said that farmers are hoarding their produce with hopes of a higher profit.
"As NCPB, we don't have themaize because many farmers are hoarding it to sell at a higher price," he said.
"NCPB and millers will not buy maize from farmers who have been hoarding maize because they are waiting for the right price."
Mureu's sentiments comes after the government allegedly imported duty free maize.
Leaders from the North Rift and Western regions protested over the importation of GMO maize demanding an immediate halt, until local farmers complete their harvesting.
Currently, local maize millers are purchasing a 90kg bag at Sh5,350 while retailers are selling two kilogrammes of maize at Sh160.
Some MPs from Rift Valley have since threatened to impeach Trade CS Moses Kuria over the importation of duty-free maize when farmers are anticipating a bumper harvest.
Led by Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, the MPs on Tuesday said the Cabinet has not approved any maize importation.
Kuria had on Monday said a legal notice for the importation of GMO maize by millers was due this week.
However, before the state could issue gazette notice for the importation of maize, a ship docked at the port of Mombasa.