In Summary
  • The short rain crop failed in Eastern due to insufficient rain in the last quarter of 2017 according to the Cereal Growers Association (CGA).
  • CGA chief executive Anthony Kioko said the region supplies about five million bags of maize but the drought cut the harvest to one million bags.

Kenyans are likely to pay a premium for maize flour following failure of the early crop which normally supplements the main harvest.

The short rain crop failed in Eastern due to insufficient rain in the last quarter of 2017 according to the Cereal Growers Association (CGA).

CGA chief executive Anthony Kioko said the region supplies about five million bags of maize but the drought cut the harvest to one million bags.

“The short-rain crop did not perform well because of poor rain which had a negative effect on production,” said Mr Kioko.

This is a repeat of what happened in 2016 when the short rain crop failed, leading to higher prices of the staple last year.

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