NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya said on Monday that it plans to
increase its strategic food reserve to 8 million
bags of maize in the medium term to boost food
Wamalwa, cabinet secretary in the Ministry of
Devolution, told journalists in Nairobi that 14
million U.S. dollars has been set aside in the
current financial year to purchase maize both
locally and abroad to boost the food reserve.
current stock levels of 3 million bags of the staple
crop is not a sufficient buffer stock in case of a
drought or pests or high international price of
maize,” Wamalwa said.
the biggest threats facing maize production are
drought and fall army worms.
from the Ministry of Agriculture indicates that the
country produces approximately 39 million bags of
maize annually against a consumption of 46 million
shortfall is met through imports from international
markets as well as through informal trade from
Uganda and Tanzania, Wamalwa said.
guarantee more maize production, he said, the
government is enhancing investment in irrigation as
well as fertilizer subsidies to maize farmers.
said over-dependence on a single crop makes the
country vulnerable to food shortages and that the
country is promoting production of potatoes and
indigenous cereals such as sorghum and millet that
are more resilient to drought conditions.