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Stern warning to millers on Sh6bn unga subsidy scheme

Supermarket workers offload subsidised maize flour in Nyeri town. Starting this week, the government will limit the quantities of maize sold to millers in readiness for the harvest season. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NMG
Supermarket workers offload subsidised maize flour in Nyeri town. Starting this week, the government will limit the quantities of maize sold to millers in readiness for the harvest season. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NMG 

Millers who fiddle with the Sh6 billion unga subsidy programme will face heavy penalties once a nationwide audit is done.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said firms found with excess stocks of cheap maize would reimburse the government the costs incurred on the subsidy.

“The ministry has asked the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to audit all millers at the end of the scheme to ascertain grain stock at their premises.

The government has started to reduce the volume of subsidised maize offered to millers to forestall price distortions as the subsidy programme comes to a close.

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