The inner details behind 2.6 million bags of maize released by Gov't

Questions on maize deal answered

Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri

Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri on Thursday announced that the government will release 2.6 million bags of maize to deal with a shortage experienced by millers.

Details of the deal outline that the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) will supply 85% of the maize to private millers at half the price they are currently buying maize at.

Large milling companies under the Cereal Millers Association (CMA) will take 1.1 million bags at Sh2,300 per 90kg bag while small scale millers under United Grain Millers Association will have 674,000 bags at the same price.

The rest of the maize, about 500,000 bags, will go to posho mills, schools and other government institutions.

Maize being imported from Tanzania

CS Kiunjuri also disclosed that Kenya will be importing maize from Tanzania to relieve the shortage.

"There is no maize crisis! We have been favoured because there is some maize coming from Tanzania.

"However, this might not last long and this is why we are encouraging our farmers to plant the short-seasoned crops at this time we are experiencing some rains," he stated.

Following the government supply, CS Kiunjuri has advised retailers not to sell the maize at any amount above Sh90.

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