Kenya receives 1.2 million bags of maize to contain maize flour shortage

Additional 1.2 million bags of maize have already been shipped into the country to address the current shortage of maize flour, Agriculture CS, Willy Bett has said.

Speaking on Monday at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) silos in Nairobi’s industrial area, Bett said the consignment was an addition to the previous stock received last month from Mexico.

With the raising concern about the shortage of maize floor, the government assures maize consumers in Kenya of constant supply of the two kilograms maize flour at the recommended Sh 90 subsidized price, he said.

The CS however, did not specify where the origin of the maize was, but he assured customers that within the coming two days, there will be an additional 3.2 million bags of maize available in the country.

Bett said that the government is also going to engage the Railway services (RVR) and the normal transport system to ensure on time arrival of maize from the port to millers, and that the commodity will be available in all parts of the country.

In response to NASA Presidential candidate, Raila Odinga’s claims that the subsidized flour was not available in retail shops, Bett said, Kenyans should be able to differentiate what is real and what is not, and hunger should not be a basis for politics.

The shortage of flour has lasted for months, which ended up with the price of a 2kg packet retailing for Sh.150, which forced the government to introduce the Sh.90 subsidized flour.

But with the high demand of flour, fast movement to the miller has been taken care of, a one-stop logistics centre has been opened in Mombasa for distribution of the imported white maize, and later on, we will deal with yellow maize, said Bett.

It will be easy for millers to get it from the train because the distance will be narrowed down, he said.

The CS emphasized that the government is giving priority to white maize, wheat and rice, and that they will also work with local maize mills to make sure the commodity was available at all times.

Source: Kenya News Agency