Kenya on Friday imported 30,000 metric tonnes of maize from Mexico as part of the effort to stabilize maize flour prices due to the prolonged drought in country.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said the government will also import 2.8 million bags of duty free maize from Mexico, South Africa, Ethiopia and Zambia before July 31 to address biting maize shortage.
Speaking at the Port of Mombasa, Bett said the consignment will reduce the sharp increase in the prices of maize flour felt across the country due to shortage of maize.
He said the government will also release more maize from strategic grain reserves to compliment the imported maize.
“The government is optimistic that prices of maize flour will reduce in coming weeks following the importation of duty free maize. We held talks with millers to ensure the prices drops,” said Bett.
The East African nation allowed duty-free maize importation until August to deal with the current food crisis.
He said the government has established remedial measures to mitigate the current shortage of commodities including sugar, milk and maize flour.
The government says with the current rains, the dairy sector has started showing signs of recovery from the ravages of the long and severe drought. Enditem