Stingy officers, higher prices abroad caused unga shortage

Workers shell maize at a farm in Kabobo village, Uasin Gishu County, on December 31, 2016. As the NCPB stuck to the price of Sh3,000 for a 90kg bag, traders raised the cost to Sh3,600 and exported the maize. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • Farmers and middlemen, in turn, chose to seek other lucrative markets, which they easily found in the war-ravaged South Sudan through Uganda.
  • Middlemen bought the maize at the Sh3,600 per bag that the government could not afford.
  • The PS said the government found itself in a dilemma since whichever decision it took was going to affect the ordinary Kenyan.
  • Dr Lesiyampe said the second mistake was the decision by the government not to import maize immediately it became aware of the impending shortage.

Two blunders by the government — the first leading to the second — are behind a biting maize shortage in the country that has caused the escalation of prices of basic food commodities.

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