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South Rift maize harvest to drop on erratic short rains

Hellen Yego and her workers harvest maize at Moiben in Uasin Gishu County. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Hellen Yego and her workers harvest maize at Moiben in Uasin Gishu County. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Maize harvest in the South Rift is expected to drop on erratic rains and lethal maize disease in what could force the Treasury to extend the import subsidy beyond July to keep flour prices at Sh90.

A study by Tegemeo Institute of Policy and Research projects the crop will drop to less than two million 90-kg bags against a forecast of 2.9 million bags.

The harvests from the short rains were expected end of July in what informed the four-month window for the importation of duty-free maize set in March and the maize subsidy plan.

The country is offering subsidies of Sh6 billion to maize importers that cut the cost of maize flour to Sh90 from Sh140.

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