Kenya imported over 5 million bags of maize in the last three months

By Soko Directory Team / August 2, 2017

The Ministry of Agriculture announced that 5,084,283 bags (equivalent to 457.59 thousand tonnes) of maize has been imported in the last three months to stabilize the flour supply in the market.

“Maize imported from various countries to date stand at 5,084,283 bags,” said director of crops in the Ministry of Agriculture Johnson Irungu.

“Though production is below expectation, food supplies have improved at household level and at the market outlets. Prices of major staples such as maize, beans, Irish potatoes and fresh vegetable though relatively high are on a downward trend,” he said.

In comparison, maize imports in 2015 and 2016 settled at 480.1 and 148.6 thousand tonnes, respectively, with 2017 on course to record largest imports in the last five years.

In addition, maize stocks end July stood at 5.6Mn bags with farmers, traders and millers holding 3.00Mn, 1.40Mn and 1.20Mn bags, respectively.

Related: Commodity Prices ease  in July on good weather and Govt subsidies

About Soko Directory Team

Soko Directory is a Financial and Markets digital portal that tracks brands, listed firms on the NSE, SMEs and trend setters in the markets eco-system. Find us on Facebook: and on Twitter:

View other posts by Soko Directory Team