Kiunjuri lifts cap on maize deliveries, leaves consumers to market forces
SEE ALSO :Kiunjuri ends Ruto debateA fifth of the available stocks are held at NCPB stores, which the State has raided to provide food aid to the millions currently facing starvation. Millers are holding a paltry three per cent, meaning they will actively be in the market to source for the commodity. Should the millers offer better prices than the Sh2,300 which NCPB is buying at, then a spike in Unga prices will be inevitable. Findings presented by the World Bank earlier in the week pointed to the fact that poor policies have left the country with no option but to import food from its relatively poorer neighbours. Among the policies identified are the skewed distribution of subsidised fertiliser, which has only helped breed corruption rather than achieve the objective of lowering production costs.
SEE ALSO :Farmers set to get quality seedlingsTimothy Njagi Njeru, a research fellow at the Tegemeo Institute of the Egerton University, has also criticised the kneejerk reactions from the State in fighting starvation. He said it would be more effective to give hunger-stricken families cash to enable them purchase in a free market rather than the Government sending truckloads to affected areas. “The Government could start a virtuous cycle by providing cash transfers to affected citizens, enabling them to buy food. This in turn will lead to farmers selling to suppliers delivering food in famine hit areas,” said Mr Njeru.
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