The government through the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB), Kapsowar depot, management has started to sell maize to households, learning institutions and hospital in Marakwet region to mitigate food shortage.
The residents have experienced maize shortage for the last three months and the move comes as a relief to residents who cannot afford to buy the commodity from the market.
According to the Depot Manager, Paul Tanui, the management started selling the maize from the beginning of this month at a subsidized price of Ksh 1,280 per 50 kg bag, to cushion the residents from biting food shortage.
He said learning institutions and hospitals will benefit from the initiative but the households will only be allowed to purchase one bag per month for equal distribution.
Mr. Tanui said households wishing to procure the commodity ought to register with their local chief’s offices prior to issuance of authority letter by the sub county commissioners.
He said the available maize at the depot stands at 5,000 bags and it will be helpful if it reaches to all households who are in dire need of food.
Assistant County Commissioner, Marakwet West, George Kubai said they appealed to the government to sell the maize to the residents since the subsidized Unga retailing atKsh 90 per 2kg was not available at Kapsowar town.
I saw the Unga once in one shop but it did not last, that is why we resorted to the maize at the cereals depot; if it reached here once then it means it did not reach the far ends of Kerio Valley, he added.
The chief of Kapsumai location, Peter Masingong, said the government has eased burden on households who needed food.
Source: Kenya News Agency