Over 1.2 million bags of maize have been received, says Agriculture CS

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Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett. FILE PHOTO
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett. FILE PHOTO

Agriculture CS Willy Bett has said that so far over 1.2 million bags of maize have been received, and they’re expecting to receive┬ámore than 3.8 million bags. While addressing the press in Nairobi after receiving a consignment of maize bags, CS Bett said the maize will be distributed as fast as possible, “All the maize brought to the port will be moved as fast as possible,” said Bett, adding there has been an improvement in logistics, and that decisions are made on the spot given the current demand for maize flour.

He revealed that the priority at the moment is white maize, followed by wheat, rice, then yellow maize. He said that from tomorrow, the Standard Gauge Railway will be used to transport the maize, “Starting tomorrow, the SGR will take part in the transportation exercise. The logistics may be tough because the SGR stations may not be close to the NCPB depos,┬ábut we can still use the Syokimau station so that the maize can be distributed to the millers from that station,” said CS Willy Bett.

Concerning the current demand, which has been heightened by bulk shopping of maize flour, he said the rush will eventually subside, “When the consumers notice that the supply is continuous, the rush to pick more maize flour will stop,” he said. He said that from tomorrow, they’ll receive more maize consignments.