Maize production in Kenya drops 30%


Maize production in Kenya is expected to drop dramatically across the country due to erratic rains, armyworms and disease, according to a food nutrition assessment report.

Agriculture PS Hamadi Boga confirmed an estimated drop of 30% and said the rapid mid-season food and nutrition assessment report carried out between November 28, 2021 and December 4, 2021, shows that the production of maize is expected to drop to 70% in marginal agricultural areas. In addition, the cultivated area nationwide is estimated to be between 50 and 65% below normal. Boga said the average long rainy season maize harvest is generally around 36 million bags.

“But we estimate about 28 million bags of the harvest from the long rains. This is due to erratic rains where most areas received 30% less rainfall, ”he noted.

Short rains production will also be low due to poor rains in parts of the eastern and central regions which are dependent on a harvest for this season. The PS said the expected crop for the short rains is generally around seven million bags, but this year the estimate is around 3.5 million bags.

Deferred planting

The 2021 short rains mid-season assessment was carried out by a multisectoral team of United Nations agencies and government through the National Drought Management Authority. The report says harvest is underway in high potential counties such as Uasin Gishu and Trans Nzoia.

“The late start of the current short rains seriously delayed or even postponed planting. The area planted across Kenya is estimated to be 50 to 60 percent below normal. Crops have wilted due to a lack of moisture and rainfall in arid and semi-arid counties, ”the short rains estimate.

In addition, the current growing season’s production has been further hampered by the infestation of FAW and the deadly necrotic disease of corn. Corn should be enough. Boga assured the country had enough corn until March.

“These issues will be factored into the planning for this year. We expect imports from Uganda and Tanzania between January and February, but we will continue to monitor the situation and production in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, ”the PS said.

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