Kenya to import more than150 million bags of maize

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Nairobi, Kenya-The country is expected to import 1.53 million bags of maize by end of June according to a latest report by the Ministry of Agriculture. The import will mark an increase in maize imports from 700000 bags in December 2011 when the ministry issued its food situation report.

As at January 31st last year, Kenya’s maize inflow amounted to 73,089 bags which the report describes as an improvement of the inflow compared to 18,915 imported in January 2011. According to the report released Thursday, beans inflow on the other hand stood at 23,990 bags which is lower than 50,847 received in January 2011.

January saw an import of at 23,990 bags, which is lower than 50,847 bags received in January 2011. The report observes that Kenya’s maize stocks increased marginally as at Jan 31, to 19.04 million bags from 18.71 million bags in the month of December.

“Current stocks held by farmers are 13.40 million bags, trader’s 2.01 million bags, millers 442,981 bags and cereals board 3,205, 600 bags,” says the food situation report.
The increase in stocks is mainly attributed to harvesting of the short rains crop in various parts of Kenya, mainly Eastern, Coast and Central Provinces.

However, while the report notes the East African nation’s food security situation was stable during the month of January, a dry spell experienced in the country will severely affect food prices in the coming months.


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