Puzzle of Ukraine bid for Sh10bn yellow maize exports to Kenya

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett did not respond to queries on the planned imports of yellow maize. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU

What you need to know:

  • Ukraine has asked firms in the country to prepare bids for the maize expected to be for cattle feeds manufacturing.
  • The Ukrainian ministry said the information availed by the firms would be sent to Kenya in the form of consolidated commercial offers.
  • Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich last month said the government would decide whether to allow millers to import the yellow maize duty free for to ease pressure on white maize amid a biting shortage.

Officials on Wednesday remained mum as Ukraine announced that Kenya planned to import five million bags or 450,000 metric tonnes of yellow maize for the first time in five years at an estimated cost of over Sh10 billion.

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