Kenya imports 30,000 tonnes of Maize flour to fight food shortages

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By Jeff Mwaura – Jeff@alleastafrica.com

Nairobi , Kenya – The Kenyan government has imported over 30,000 tonnes of Maize flour to fight food shortages in the country, Agriculture cabinet Secretary said on Friday.

Speaking to the press from the port of Mombasa on Friday, Willy Bett who is the Agriculture cabinet Secretary said that ”  we have imported 30,000 metric tonnes of maize to  ensure that no Kenyan is affected.” he said.

He added that  the government is  looking for possible ways to see that prices  of other  basic commodities are also reduced.

The maize imported from Mexico and the kenya hopes shortage of maize flour  across the country due to shortage of maize will be reduced.

Prices of Maize flour and other commodities like sugar has been high in the recent months

The retail prices of maize flour from  Sh115 to Sh160 . Sugar is also being sold Sh200 on retail price.

Kenya’s current drought, which is affecting some 3 million people across the East African country has triggered a drastic increase in food prices, pushing up the country’s overall inflation to 6.99 per cent in January from 6.35 per cent in December last year.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics data shows the cost of selected foods rose 1.66 per cent in January from 1.31 per cent in December.

Prices of Maize flour was recorded high since this year started.

(Edited by Nangayi Guyson)

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