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The government has put traders in addition to millers allegedly sabotaging the maize flour subsidy programme launched last month on notice.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett who also disclosed which milk prices will reduce by Sh10 effective today confirmed which many officers have been deployed inside the counties to investigate traders hoarding maize flour in order to trigger further shortage so as to make a killing.
“We have deployed officers by Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya Revenue Authority, police in addition to CID to monitor in addition to ensure what is actually being milled is actually quickly released into the market,” he said.
additional officers, the CS added, are also inspecting traders who could be out to disrupt the subsidy programme, “Any player caught selling the commodity at more than the set cost will face the full force of the law,” Bett said during the Ministerial Conference on Global Open Data for Agriculture in addition to Nutrition media launch at a Nairobi hotel yesterday.
He assured which prices of milk in addition to sugar will by today drop further to ease the high cost of living Kenyans are struggling with. “Processed milk will by today reduce by Sh10 by the current cost in addition to as imports continue, we expect sugar prices to also drop to between Sh100 in addition to Sh110 per kg,” he added.
Currently, Bett said, the cost of a 50 kilogramme bag has reduced by about Sh10, 000 to Sh5, 500. The country, he said, has been grappling with shortage of sugar following reduction of sugar production by 25 per cent in Common Market for Eastern Africa (Comesa) countries such as Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia, in addition to Zimbabwe.
Kenya produces slightly above 0,000 tonnes of sugar annually by 10 factories against a demand of 870,000 tonnes. To bridge the deficit, Kenya imports most of its sugar by the countries within the Comesa region under a protection window.
In some areas consumers have been complaining which the maize flour is actually still scarce despite the government assurance which the commodity will be available inside the entire country. Owing to the scarcity, consumers are still buying the commodity at more than Sh100 for the 2kg packet in estates in addition to urban centres outside Nairobi.
Bett concurred which demand of the maize flour is actually still high however hastened to add which the scenario has been characterized by panic buying. He confirmed which 42,000 tonnes of white maize imports by Mexico are being offloaded at Mombasa port. The maize will boost production of maize flour in order to tame the current shortage.
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Flour: Traders, millers warned against sabotage