Govt to Ban Wheat, Maize Imports to Protect Kenyan Farmers

In a move aimed at stabilising prices, President William Ruto has barred the issuing of permits to millers to import wheat or maize into the country.

Ruto said the move is aimed at protecting local farmers. He said the government will only deviate from the directive if the local produce is insufficient. The president pointed out that the government will allocate U.S.$27 million to buy maize from farmers.

To reduce post-harvest losses over high moisture, the head of state announced that National Cereals and Produce Board driers will be used to dry farmers maize at a minimal fee of U.S.$0,34.

The president said a Kenya Co-operative Creamers milk plant will be constructed in Narok to improve milk quality and thus boost prices, reports Capital FM.


A maize field (file photo).

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