There’s enough maize, CS affirms


Agriculture and Livestock Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett has dismissed claims that the country is experiencing a dire maize shortage.

He said the country has enough maize that will feed all Kenyans for the next three months, during which farmers in maize growing regions will embark on harvesting, to provide the country with more food.


Addressing the press after heading a crisis meeting over alleged maize shortage in the country at Kilimo House, Bett noted that reports by Maize Millers in the Country, that there is no maize are false, and assured Kenyans that there will be no food shortage.


The CS however faulted maize farmers who are still holding on their maize, hoping to sale when prices will increase.


He urged them to sale their maize to the National Cereals and Produce Boards (NCPBs), saying maize prices will not shoot.


He further indicated that Strategic Food Reserve has already released one million bags of maize to the Kenyan market as directed, adding that Millers in Kakamega, Mumias, Busia, Kisumu, North Rift and South Rift regions will now purchase one bag of maize at Sh2,500.


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