Kenya licenses traders as window open for the importation of 10M bags of duty-free maize

KENYA – The government has issued licenses to private traders to facilitate the importation of 10 million bags (about 900 metric tonnes) of duty-free maize into to the country. Philip Harsame, the Agriculture Principal Secretary said that already licenses have been issued to 20 traders to import white maize and 50 to import yellow maize to reduce the retail price…

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UK funds construction of new US$18.5m potato processing facility in Kenya

KENYA-The UK government has launched the construction of a KS2.3 billion (US$18.5M) production facility for Irish and sweet potato processing in Kenya. The processing facility located in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County, will process fresh and frozen Irish and sweet potatoes and is expected to have a capacity of 60,000 tonnes. Once completed, the factory will be the first in the…

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Kenya to increase rice acreage by 100,000 in 5 years as plans to transition to irrigated agriculture intensifies

KENYA – Kenya has embarked on a 5-year plan to increase the acreage under rice production in the country by at least 100,000 acres as part of its efforts to achieve rice self-sufficiency, Joel Tanui, Chief Operating Office at the National Irrigation Authority has revealed. Currently, Kenya imports 80% of its rice from Asia and Tanzania to meet the demand…

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East Africa’s wheat prices to remain high on sharp drop in Ukrainian production

EAST AFRICA- The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research and analysis division of the Economist Group, is forecasting higher wheat commodity prices for East African countries due to their high reliance on Ukraine. According to EIU, while demand may slow, supply won’t rise high enough to put enough downward pressure on prices, following a sharp decline in grain production in…

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KALRO develops high-yielding, climate smart rice varieties as GM crops receive a nod from researchers

KENYA-The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) is conducting trials for new climate-smart high-yielding rice varieties in a bid to bolster food production in the country The CSR36 rice variety which is long slender grain, non-sticky rice that separates on cooking has passed the National Performance trials and is now under distinctiveness; uniformity and stability test was displayed to…

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Kenya revives 20,000 acres Galana-Kulalu project in grand plan to curb maize shortage

KENYA-In a fresh attempt to revive the Galana-Kulalu, a national food security project, President William Ruto in a statement revoked the planned settlement on the 20,000 acres set aside for maize production. The revival of the irrigation scheme comes at a time when the country is grappling with a wide array of prolonged periods of drought, rising costs of farm…

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Kenya’s maize supply in jeopardy as traditional trade partners find lucrative markets elsewhere

KENYA- Kenya might have to find new suppliers for maize imports as Uganda and Tanzania, the country’s traditional source markets find new lucrative buyers for their maize crop. According to Business Focus, a Ugandan local daily, the two countries which both share a border with Kenya are now opting to sell their maize to South Sudan and the United Arab…

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