The government will from Monday next week start buying maize from farmers at 3,200 shillings per bag.
This will see the government through the National Cereals and Produce Board spent 6.5 billion shillings to buy over 2 million bags.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett says the government is offering 200 shillings more per bag this year to cover adverse weather conditions and the outbreak of Fall Armyworms that affected production in some maize growing regions this year..
Last year, the government bought maize from farmers at a price of 3,000 shillings per bag. This year the price has been increased by 200 shillings to 3,200 shillings per 90 kilograms bag of maize.
The price of the product has drastically reduced with farmers selling the produce as low as Ksh. 2,200 per bag.
The government’s price is expected to cover the cost of production estimated at an average of 2,257 per bag as well as a profit for them.
This year’s overall harvest is projected at 37.9 million bags which is 1 million bags more than what was harvested last year, but representing a decline of 4.4 % of the long term target of 40 million bags.
The Agriculture CS says the food security situation remains critical in the Arid & Semi-Arid Areas where rains were highly depressed and erratic.
Based on this, Bett says the current maize subsidy program that has seen the public purchase a 2kg packet of maize floor at 90 shillings will continue.
The government offered 745 metric tons of Assorted Drought Recovery and Early Maturing Seed varieties which helped realize the early harvest that began in June this year.