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Kenya expects to record 44 percent increase in Maize production this year

Ministry of Agriculture says that farmers in Kenya will harvest 46 million bags of 90 kilogrammes of Maize from the current crop, registering an increase of 44 percent from that last season.


Devdiscourse News Desk 21 May 2018, 01:03 AM Kenya
Kenya expects to record 44 percent increase in Maize production this year
  • The government is providing subsidised fertilisers and promoting the use of certified seeds. (Image Credit: Flickr)

The Ministry of Agriculture says that farmers in Kenya will harvest 46 million bags of 90 kilogrammes of Maize from the current crop, registering an increase of 44 percent from that last season when the country harvested 32 million bags.

Good weather and reduced impact of the fall armyworm are to be thanked for the good performance of the sector.

Cabinet Administrative Secretary, Andrew Tuimur, also claimed that government's initiative, Big 4 Agenda towards the attainment of 100 percent food insecurity also had a role to play along with the good weather.

Under the initiative, the government is providing subsidised fertilisers and promoting the use of certified seeds. Apart from this, Big 4 agenda is aimed at delivering affordable housing, rolling out universal health coverage, increasing production share in the economy and improving food security,

Agriculture contributes to about 51 percent of GDP of Kenya, directly or indirectly. Speaking while unveiling Kenya Economic Update recently, Allen Dennis, World Bank senior economist said that," the sector remains a major driver of the Kenyan economy, with years of strong agricultural sector growth reflecting in overall GDP growth."