08 November 2008

Maize rots in North Rift

By PETER NG’ETICH Posted Saturday, November 8 2008 at 18:07

The heavy rains in the North Rift have disrupted maize harvesting in the region, deepening fears of poor yields.  Farmers in the region say that much of the crop is rotting in stacks in the fields and in stores due to the high moisture content.  Agriculture officials say the country might lose 20 per cent of the grain if the current climatic conditions continue.  Speaking to the Sunday Nation, Cereals Growers Association (CGA) chief executive officer David Nyameino said the country’s production is expected to drop from an average of 34 million bags to about 27 million bags while consumption stands at 32 million bags.

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