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surplus maize stock in Kenya

Five counties with surplus maize stock in Kenya

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, these counties have a large surplus of maize in their stores.

Trans-Nzoia

This is Kenya’s food basket, and it’s where the country’s maize production takes place.

However, the largest hoarding of maize occurs here, particularly in Kitale, Endebes, and Kiminini, due to price battles with the government and the National Cereals and Produce Board. With a population of 990,431 people, the annual maize production is 4,738,878 bags.


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Uasin Gishu

Uasin Gishu, Kenya’s second-largest maize-producing county, produces 3,604,067 tonnes per year, with a population of 1,163,186 people.

According to the most recent census, the North Rift county’s monthly consumption is 96,932 bags, with an annual consumption equal to the county’s population.

According to statistics from the ministry of agriculture, 432,488 bags were sold to millers, brokers, and traders, with a staggering 2,008,393 bags remaining in stock as surplus.

Bungoma

According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, this region produces 3,507,900 “90-kilo” bags of maize every year for a population of 1,670,750 people, with an average consumption of 139,214 bags per month and 1,670,570 bags per year.

There is currently a 1,416,382 bag surplus, with just 420,948 bags sold to brokers, traders, and millers.

Nandi

The county produces 2,045,856 bags of maize every year, with a population of 885,711 people.

The county’s monthly consumption is at 73,809 bags, with an annual equivalent of 885,711 bags.

The number of bags sold to traders, millers, and brokers in the past harvest was 204,586 bags, but the surplus is staggering at 955,559 bags in stores across the region.

Elgeyo Marakwet

On a good season, the county produces an average of 1,160,967 bags of maize, with a population of  454,480 persons.

This essential meal is consumed in 37,873 bags per month. 139,316 bags were sold in the previous harvest, having a current surplus of 567,171 bags.

Farmers are currently holding a whopping 70% of the stocks in their possession.


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