AGRI­CUL­TURE CS SAYS THERE IS ENOUGH MAIZE

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

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.

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