Kenya’s food security is expected to remain stable until September buoyed by availability of food stocks that is supported by the increasing cross-border imports from Tanzania and Uganda, a food security report published on Saturday shows.
The report by the Famine Early Warning Systems (FEWS Net), an agency which provides early warning and analysis on food insecurity, says the expected average long rains harvest from September through December will boost the country’s food security.
The report comes after the government said it will release one million bags of maize directly to millers at a cost of 25 U.S. dollars per 90-kilogramme bag to stabilise rising flour prices.
This, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said, will come from the strategic food reserve in Rift Valley, the grain basket region.
Flour prices shot past 1 dollar per two-kilo packet in April as millers cited a grain shortage. The cheapest brand costs 1.04 dollars.
The ministry of agriculture projects surpluses for maize, beans, wheat, and rice through the end of September, which is sufficient food to meet national requirements.
Data from the ministry shows that at the end of May, the country had an estimated maize stock of 9.45 million bags. Farmers are believed to hold 4.5 million bags of maize while trades held two million bags.
FEWS Net analysis of wholesale maize prices across major urban reference markets of Nairobi, Eldoret, and Kisumu, between April and May, shows stability.
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