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Sh90 flour shortage may last longer after ships fail to dock

The Sh90 government subsidised 2kg maize flour at a local outlet. FILE PHOTO | NMG
The Sh90 government subsidised 2kg maize flour at a local outlet. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Shortage of subsidised maize flour could last longer after two ships with 833,333 bags of cheap grains failed to dock at a grain handling facility in Mombasa port.

Agriculture secretary Willy Bett had said on June 7 two ships would dock at the port last Thursday and Saturday with collective cargo of 75,000 tonnes.

But records at Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) indicate no new ship docked at the port last week and that a vessel labelled Medi Aero with  366,666 bags is expected to arrive Monday after failing to dock last Friday as expected.

Cereal Millers Association (CMA) said the steady supply Sh90 a packet maize flour is hinged on the new maize cargo amid shortage on shop shelves that has seen consumers scramble for the cheap staple.

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