Millers close shop as maize shortage bites

Moiben MP Silas Tiren (left), former Eldoret South MP Jesse Mais (centre) and maize farmers’ representatives during their meeting in Eldoret on June 3, 2019. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Consumers and farmers challenge Agriculture CS Kiunjuri to disclose the amount of maize in the strategic grain reserve.

  • The Cereal Millers Association says the country’s five main flour producers — Mombasa, Unga, Pembe, Dola and Kitui — have stocks that can last about two weeks.
  • The government has pledged to release two million bags of maize to curb the rising flour prices.

Several millers in western and central Kenya have suspended operations due to maize shortage.

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