Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi now says the government's new approach to tackling the now politically divisive issue - the cost of living - will yield results in six months.
Speaking to a local media station, Linturi says by August this year, maize flour will be retailing at Ksh120.
He says the government's new model of subsidising production, as opposed to consumption, is sustainable.
"We are going to subsidise production against consumption. This has been achieved by subsidising fertilizer.
"After the harvest whereby our projection is in six months, the price of unga prices will range at below Ksh120," he said.
Gachagua on maize import
This follows Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua's remarks calling on farmers to release the maize ahead of duty-free importation in a few weeks' time.
“In the next two to three weeks, farmers should sell all the maize they are hoarding in their stores.
“If they wait longer the process will drop down as we will be receiving imported maize,” he warned in
Gachagua’s sentiments were, however, contradictory to the previous statement on Sunday, March 12, during a joint interview with the media.
“There is no cheap maize anywhere in the world. We can only buy from South Africa but we are in competition with a host of other African countries. The maize in Brazil is too expensive to import because of the distance.
"The government does not want to import maize directly because we don't want corruption and scandals. We don't want people in Government to get into business,” he stated.