Nairobi, Nov. 30 -- Farmers have downplayed the ultimatum by the Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria (right) to release their stocks to the market in 72 hours, saying growers are not hoarding the grain.

Chairman of the Cereal Growers Association Farnie Kruger says farmers, especially in Uasin Gishu County have just started harvesting their produce and that it will take a while before it gets to the market.

Mr Kruger says Uasin Gishu County has lagged in harvesting because of the late rains witnessed in the region during this year's planting season.

"No one is hoarding maize and the statement by the CS was unfortunate. You cannot force farmers who are still harvesting to sell their maize in 72 hours," said Mr Kruger.

"The Uasin Gishu c...