KENYANS TO ENJOY LOWER PRICES FOR ANIMAL PRODUCTS WITH DUTY-FREE IMPORT OF MAIZE FOR ANIMAL FEED

NAIROBI, Kenyans will start enjoying reduced prices for animal products once the final consignment of duty-free yellow maize is imported. says the manager of the Association of Kenya Feeds Manufacturers, Dr. Humphrey Mbugua.

The government accepted the association’s request to extend the yellow maize import duty waiver until June next year to reduce use of white maize in the production of animal feeds.

The drought which hit most parts of Kenya late last year and early this year not only affected food production but also many pastoralists and livestock farmers who bore the brunt after many of their animals succumbed to the prolonged drought. It is due to this dire situation that the government allowed three mainstream millers and 17 local feed manufacturers to import 363,000 metric tons of yellow maize for animal feed production and to reduce usage of white maize.

The Association of Kenya Feeds Manufacturers says the price of maize-based animal feed will be lowered further after the remaining 153,000 tonnes of yellow maize is shipped into the country. Mbugua said here Monday that cheap animal products would definitely lead to a reduction in the prices of commodities such as eggs and milk.

He urged farmers and the relevant government authorities to stock up on animal feeds during the long rains season to cushion farmers during the dry periods. The tax waiver on imported maize was to have ended this month but the government extended the waiver to June next year as some parts of the country are yet to receive adequate rainfall.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK