AGRICULTURE CS SAYS THERE IS ENOUGH MAIZE
In June, Agriculture CS Willy Bett assured Kenyans there is enough maize to feed the country for three months. He said the government would further release one million bags of maize directly to millers to mitigate the increasing market prices. Bett said the maize would be strictly sold to the millers at Sh2,500 per 90kg bag. “The national food security situation is stable as food stocks and supplies are sufficient. The prevailing commodity prices are also favourable,” he said. The CS said the estimated stock by the end of May 2016 stood at 9,446,920 bags of maize. Out of these, farmers held about 4,455,600 bags; traders 2,002,180 bags; millers 585,240 bags whereas NCPB had 2,378,760 bags. “In addition to this we have 1,171,420 bags of beans, 1,100,270 bags of wheat and 504,260 bags of rice,” he said. The ministry said maize stocks were expected to improve in the South Rift.