Government pays sh1 billion to drought striken residents in Northern Kenya


The Ministry of Agriculture has received Sh600 million towards water pans and household water storage, while Water ministry has received Sh680 million for water trucking and rehabilitation of boreholes.

The CS further said a total of Sh1.07 billion has been paid out to 96, 689 households in Wajir, Turkana, Mandera and Marsabit Ciountie which have been hit hard by the drought.

On the current food situation, agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri said the country has enough maize to last until July.

But millers have expressed concern that there is no enough maize in the country.

Peter Kuguru, chairman of the United Grain Millers Association said that there is a looming shortage of maize in the market.

He said this has led to a price increase of Sh3, 000 per 90 kg bags of maize in Nairobi and between Sh2, 800 to Sh2, 700 in Kitale from Sh2, 500 which the government was buying at from farmers in February.

“Largescale farmers are hoarding about two million bags of maize. The situation of maize supply to the consumer market from Kenyan farmers is now heading to a crisis. Unless the ministry intervenes immediately, there is likelihood for a serious maize and consumer food crisis,” said Kuguru.

The chairman said if he situation continues in the coming two to three weeks, the price of maize may increase to Sh3, 600 and this will increase the price of a two kg packet of unga to more than Sh120.

The price of maize flour is currently selling between Sh90 to Sh100 from Sh85 to Sh90.

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Timothy Njagi from Tegemeo Institute said according to their predictions, the current 2017/2018 maize production will last the country up to mid-June.

He said the maize situation being experienced in the country could be as a result of traders hoarding maize in anticipation of price increase not only in Kenya but within the region.

“The current weather situation doesn’t look good in terms of maize production in the country which may be low next year,” said Njagi.

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