Agriculture Minister Japhet Hasunga said last week that the government was targeting Kenya, South Sudan, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo to sell off the surplus maize.
“Reserve price has disrupted open market system, undermining food security and propagating rural poverty,” he said and called for review the fertiliser subsidy programme, scrapping of taxes on agricultural inputs and curbing land subdivisions.
The East African nation’s government spent 6 billion shillings ($58.6 million) last year to subsidise maize imports after a drought caused shortages and sent the price of the staple soaring before a key election.
A local miller prepares maize outside his grinding mill ahead of the Presidential election at the Kisumu Ndogo village in Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya August 6, 2017.
In a speech at the Future of Food conference in Nairobi last week, Agriculture CAS Andrew Tuimur urged the private sector to partner with the government in implementing the plan, with focus on equipment suppliers, farmer associations, agro-dealers...
The Sh2,300 prize for a 90kg bag of maize declared by the government has left North Rift farmers contemplating abandoning the country’s staple grain, a move that could further strain Kenya’s ability to feed herself.
The anti-corruption drive of Mr. President Muhammdu Buhari put to a halt the exogenous leakages in the Agricultural sector to encourage, empower, and enhance the locally made farm produce thereby increasing our internally generated revenue (IGR) i...
Appearing on Citizen TV on Wednesday, November 28, the vocal lawmaker argued the maize farmers, most of whom come from the Rift Valley region, were not being reasonable in their demand for a higher price.
A high-powered delegation made up of farmers, professionals, a section of politicians and businessmen from Rift Valley have lined up a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta to appeal for a maize price review.
Speaking in Tharaka Nithi on Saturday, Mr Ruto said he has agreed with the President Uhuru Kenyatta to enter ties with China and India with a view of opening up markets for new crops.
Throughout the world, governments move mountains to protect cherished farm sectors – especially with regard to the production of agricultural staples.
The committee also recommends that the Agriculture CS develops regulations and guidelines on importation of maize and other food crops and table them before the Senate within 45 days.
This year has seen the Ministry of Agriculture attempt to deal with the rot in the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) and ‘cartels’ that have swindled farmers of their deserved profits.
Instead of getting enlightened on serious food security issues that have dogged the country since Independence, viewers were treated to a juvenile quarrel based largely on the two politicians hurling crude insults across the table.
The Anambra Government has concluded plans to invest over N2 billion on land development, provision of facilities and inputs to farmers in the 2019 farming season.
The shilling has kept stable at between 100 and 103 units against the greenback on lack of pressure due to a sedated economy, low oil prices and dollars inflows from Kenyans living abroad.
It named Treasury's Henry Rotich and Kenya’s High Commissioner to India Willy Bett, the immediate former Agriculture CS, saying they should be held to account for the Gazette Notices which opened a floodgate for unscrupulous dealers to deliver mai...
In what must surely count as one of the most bizarre newspaper headlines in this region, The East African recently informed us that Tanzanian President John Magufuli had “deployed the army in cashew nut standoff”.
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More than 15,000 farmers contracted to supply the Kenya Brewery Limited plant with sorghum are angling for bigger returns following plans to mechanise farming.
Also explaining the inability of the government to make progress in the agro-economic sector, Professor Femi Mimiko, a former vice chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, said: “There is no question about the fact that...