KENYAN IMPORTING RICE TO ALLEVIATE FOOD SHORTAGES IN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY

NAIUROBI, The Kenyan government has announced further interventions to alleviate the acute food shortage being experienced in parts of the country after the inadequate rainfall experienced in the long rainfall season this year, says Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Mwangi Kiunjuri.

He revealed over the weekend that the government had imported 50,000 metric tons of rice from China to be distributed as food relief in areas which have been hard hit by the drought.

Kiunjuri said the rice, which has already arrived at the port of Mombasa, would be distributed beginning this week.

Speaking in Mombasa, he said that he has been traversing the Coast region to ensure that the people facing starvation are well catered for.

He was closely monitoring the availability of flour at the set 90 shillings (about 87 US cents) per two-kilogramme bag to the public as well as assessing if millers have begun receiving maize to process into the much needed commodity.

The government remains categorical that those found inflating prices of the subsidized flour will be prosecuted, he added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK