Kenyan maize imports account for 58% of cereal trade in East Africa

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Kenyan maize imports account for 58% of cereal trade in East Africa


A truck loaded with maize imported from Tanzania to Mombasa in August 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA

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  • Kenyan maize imports account for 58 percent of cereals traded between East African countries between July and September, as bad weather conditions affected the country’s production.
  • The latest data from the Ministry of Agriculture shows that the country imported 155,610 metric tons of grain during the period, followed by South Sudan at 114,660 metric tons.

Kenyan maize imports account for 58 percent of cereals traded between East African countries between July and September, as bad weather conditions affected the country’s production.

The latest data from the Ministry of Agriculture shows that the country imported 155,610 metric tons of grain during the period, followed by South Sudan at 114,660 metric tons.

Tanzania contributed the most to the basket with 152,880 metric tonnes of exports (57 percent) while Uganda sold 117,390 metric tonnes of maize (43 percent) to Kenya and South Sudan.

Disappointing rains in Kenya’s maize growing areas have affected production this year, with the Agriculture Ministry predicting production to fall by 20 percent this year.

To close the gap, the government in March lifted a ban on maize imports from Tanzania, which had been banned due to the high aflatoxin content.

The agriculture ministry said lifting the ban saw imports increase nearly six and a half times to 118,329 ninety-kilogram bags in May, from 16,137 a month earlier.

“The above-average volume traded was supported by seasonal exports from Tanzania to Kenya as increasingly fresh supplies from the May-August harvest entered the market amid strong demand. in Kenya due to expectations of a below average harvest from October to December, ”the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Famine Early Warning Systems Network states in its last report

“While supply was above average in many countries in the region, it was below average in Uganda, which accounts for 14 percent of production but 31 percent of marketable surplus due to the reduction. carryover stocks from the harvest below the previous year’s average.

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