Maize production to go down by 9 million bags

This year’s maize harvest will be 9 million bags less compared to what was harvested in 2016 due to post harvest losses.   

Agriculture Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe says most farmers in Trans-Nzoia and North Rift are likely to record huge losses due to the ongoing rains.

The drop in maize production comes at a time the country is still struggling to shed off the effects of the prolonged drought as well as the invasion of Fall Armyworms that have ravaged thousands of acres of maize crop countrywide.

Agriculture Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe says the country has not been producing sufficient maize to sustain the demand in the last few years.

He has urged stakeholders to come up with measures to support farmers in producing enough maize for consumption as well as export.

This year’s maize harvest is expected to reduce by 9 million bags compared to what was harvested in 2016.

The ongoing rains in Trans Nzoia and North Rift regions have also disrupted maize drying resulted to numerous post-harvest losses

Stakeholders have called for concerted efforts to address the high cost of farm inputs, low producer prices, post-harvest losses as well as emerging pest and diseases.

 

 

 

  

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