Sunday, December 18, 2022 – President William Ruto’s government has granted millers and traders a duty-free window to import white maize and rice to bridge the gap between the supply and the country’s demand as agreed by the Cabinet.
In a notice, Agriculture Principal Secretary (PS) Phillip Harsama announced that the ministry capped maize importation at 900,000 metric tonnes.
Harsama disclosed that traders will also be allowed to import up to 600,00 tonnes of rice. However, all imports must be done by August 6, 2023.
“In consequence of the notification of an impending food crisis in the country, the Ministry of Agriculture has granted the importation to have adequate stocks to last until the next harvest from July-August 2023,” the notice read.
Millers bringing in maize must adhere to the laws on moisture and aflatoxin contents and must present conformity certificates.
“Maize shall have moisture content not exceeding 13.5 per cent while aflatoxins shall not exceed 10 parts per billion (ppb) as provided for under Kenyan Law and Standards [KS EAS2:2017],” Harsama stated.
On the other hand, rice importers must ensure that the consignment they ship in is dried, mature and edible grains of the Oryza species.
In addition, the rice must be clean, wholesome, uniform in size, color, and shape, and free from abnormal flavor, musty, sour, odour, smelly, and discolouration.
“The rice shall be free from micro-organisms and substances originating from fungi or other deleterious substances in amounts that constitute a hazard to human health,” Harsama noted.
Millers and traders interested in importing the foodstuffs were asked to register with the Ministry.
All papers must be filed with the Head of Supply Chain Management Services at Kilimo House, fourth flour, before Thursday, December 29.
The Kenyan DAILY POST.