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Kenya records nil maize imports amid harvest

NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Cross-border maize imports into Kenya from neighboring Uganda and Tanzania have declined significantly as supplies in the East African nation remain high amid low prices.

Traders are currently making nil imports on some days, down from over 2,000 metric tonnes (MT) a day in February, latest data from the East Africa Grain Council released on Tuesday shows.

The data showed for the better part of last week to Monday, no cross-border imports were shipped into Kenya, with the flow of maize in the region heading to Rwanda.

Kenya is usually in maize deficit, with the staple consumed by millions of the 45 million people in the country, being shipped in from Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and as far as Mexico when there is a crisis.

The maize inflows from neighboring countries come into Kenya through Busia, Malaba, Lwakhakha and Isebania border points.

Kenya in February licensed millers and other traders to import maize from Uganda, a decision that saw millions of tonnes come in to help stabilize prices.

Analysts noted that the huge imports, coupled with harvesting of the produce which has started in Kenya have helped to boost supplies.

Prices of the grain have declined in Kenya, with the cost of the staple standing at an average of 0.70 U.S. dollars per 2kg tin in major towns that include Kisumu, Mombasa and the capital Nairobi.

A 90kg bag of dry maize, on the other hand, is going at between 15 dollars and 25 dollars in the town.

             

 

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