NAIROBI, The government has assured Kenyans that there is enough food in the country until the next harvest.
Minister for Devolution Mwangi Kiunjuri said this in Mombasa when he flagged off a consignment of 155,000 bags of rice for distribution across the country.
Kiunjuri flagged off the first ever cargo train to run on the newly launched Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from the Port of Mombasa carrying 90 containers with 45,000 bags of rice to Nairobi. He also flagged off 50 lorries at Changamwe with each carrying 500 bags of rice to be distributed to other parts of the country.
The Minister said two trains would move 6,000 tons of maize, equivalent to 120,000 bags, and another train would transport 1,000 tons, equivalent to 20,000 bags, to Nairobi. We shall also have 350 lorries to transport 196,000 bags to other parts of the country,” he added.
He said the rice was donated by China and would be distributed free to all Kenyans without discrimination and the maize would be sold at a subsidized price.
He also disclosed that the government had imported a total of 1,849,400 bags of maize for the benefit of all Kenyans and the lack of maize meal would be a thing of the past.
I wish to assure Kenyans that there will be enough food for everyone and at a price they can afford,” he said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK