Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett has reassured Kenyans that the acute maize shortage will be contained within the next one month.
Speaking at the 1st National Youth in Agribusiness Conference in Karen, Nairobi, Bett said the expected surplus of maize follows importation from the East African Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Central Africa region as well as expected local production.
“We have imported maize from various global market segments to contain the acute shortage of the commodity following effects of prolonged drought,” Mr Bett said.
The CS said farmers from the South Rift and the western part of the country have started harvesting while other regions will do so in a month’s time.
“More of this maize has also started coming in from Tanzania and Uganda. In the next one month, the local market will have enough maize to feed the population,” he said.