Gov’t projects 31% increase in maize harvest

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On Fri, 15 Sep, 2023 19:17 | < 1 min read
Gov’t projects 31% increase in maize harvest
Maize plantation. PHOTO/Courtesy

The government is anticipating a 31 per cent increase in maize harvest this year.

Speaking while representing President William Ruto in Nyeri, Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen said Kenya expects to harvest 44 million bags of maize which is up from the previous harvest of 31.3 million bags.

"We are optimistic of a bumper harvest this year with a projected production of 44 million 90kg bags of maize up from a long-running average of 31.3 million 90 kg bags, representing a 31% increase," the CS said during the official opening of the Nyeri National Agricultural Show.

With the anticipated upswing, Kenyans could be staring at a possible reduction of unga prices and an eventual relief from the rising cost of living.

Further, the CS announced the Government is working on building 100 mega dams and 1,000 small dams in various parts of the country with the objective of increasing land under irrigation by 500,000 acres by 2026.

"Through this, we will increase rice production, enhance food security, create 3 million jobs and save the country Ksh87.5 billion that has been used on the importation of food commodities," he said.

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