Residents of Samburu County are now buying subsidised maize flour at Sh 40 per kilogram after the national government dispatched a consignment of 1,100 bags of subsidised maize to the area a week ago.
Speaking to KNA, Samburu County Commissioner Wilfred Kinyua said the government is working in partnership with five maize millers in Samburu Central, Samburu North and Samburu East sub counties to grind the maize and sell flour at Sh40 per kilogram across the county.
Kinyua said the subsidised maize is not meant to benefit traders but cushion residents from high cost of flour and food insecurity.
I urge residents to ensure the commodity is retailing at the recommended price and if any government contracted miller does not abide by the agreement their services will be withdrawn, he warned.
The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCCPB) Samburu branch Manager Sammy Mutai said the entire consignment from the national government has already been bought at a subsidised price by the contracted millers after it arrived in Maralal godown a week ago.
Mutai said individuals are also being allowed to purchase a subsidised 50kg bag of maize at S280 or 100kg bag at Sh2580 once in a month for family consumption.
The county commissioner said another consignment of subsidised maize is expected in the county this week.
Source: Kenya News Agency