Government says country will not face maize shortage

The Government has said that the country will not face a shortage of maize and that the price of the commodity is expected to remain stable.

In a statement sent to newsrooms, the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock, Fisheries said that the country is expected to have a surplus of maize of over 11 million bags

“Currently, the wholesale maize price is averaging Ksh. 2,600 per 90 kg bag, with the highest prices of up to Ksh. 4,392 reported in Garissa county and the lowest prices of Ksh. 1,980 in Laikipia county,” the statement reads in part.

Recently, the Cereal Millers Association (CMA) criticized the move by the government to ban maize importation of maize from neighboring countries claiming there was a lack of coordination and communication between relevant government and regulatory agencies.

“The CMA welcomes the ban on maize that contains aflatoxin levels above the 10 parts per billion (ppb) threshold but is requesting the government to allow maize that does not breach this level be allowed to avoid a grain shortage.”

The ministry has however issued a stern warning to culprits contravening the government directive on maize importation saying traders found culpable will be arrested and charged.