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.
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
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.