The national food security situation remained stable during the month of March as stocks of most coarse grains improved following the enhanced production and supplies of the major food staples after short rain harvesting. The national maize stocks as at 31st March 2013 stood at 24,723,059 bags, with farmers holding about 17,694,293 bags, Traders 3,918,546 bags, Millers 644,950 bags and NCPB 2,465,270 bags. Beans stocks totaled 3,260,584 bags, Wheat 735,188 bags and Rice 697,046 bags.
At an average consumption of 3.72 million bags per month, the surplus of 11,723,004 bags is expected to meet the country national maize requirement up to September 2013. The diminishing maize stocks by September 2013 are expected to be replenished by the increased inflows from Uganda and Tanzania, and the expected early harvest from the South Rift Region. Therefore, the country maize supply is predicted to remain stable throughout the year.
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