To close the supply-demand gap in the nation the government has given millers and traders a duty-free window to import white maize and rice.
The ministry set a limit on the importation of maize at 900,000 metric tonnes according to a notification that Agriculture Principal Secretary (PS) Phillip Harsama published in regional newspapers on Thursday, December 15.
Harsama revealed that imports of up to 600,000 tonnes of rice will also be permitted by traders. However, by August 6, 2023 all imports must be completed.
According to the notice the Ministry of Agriculture has allowed the importation to have appropriate stockpiles to survive until the next harvest from July-August 2023 as a result of the country being warned about an approaching food crisis.
Millers who import maize must follow regulations regarding moisture and aflatoxin levels and must show compliance certificates.
According to Kenyan Law and Standards [KS EAS2:2017] Maize shall have moisture content not exceeding 13.5% while aflatoxins shall not exceed 10 parts per billion (ppb) said Harsama.
The consignment they send in must be made up entirely of dried, mature and edible grains of the Oryza species according to importers of rice.
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