Maize shortage signals price increase
Over-reliance on maize has pushed Kenya’s annual consumption to 40 million bags. Both the Ministry of Agriculture and food policy think tank Tegemeo Institute have predicted that this year’s maize harvest will be short by about 6.1 million bags due to inadequate rainfall and diseases affecting the crop. This year’s maize production had been projected at 43.3 million bags, but will drop to 33.9 million bags according to a report released by Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei, a fortnight ago said the deficit would be filled through imports. This year’s production, according to the Tegemeo Institute report, represents a 15 per cent decline, coming at a time when over-reliance on maize has pushed the annual consumption to 40 million bags.
“The lethal necrosis disease ravaged 26,000 hectares of maize last year alone,” said Anthony Kioko, the chief executive officer of Cereal Growers Association in an interview.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Daily AfricaSimilar Stories