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NEWS INDEPTH: Central Kenya dumps maize cultivation for bananas - 2 weeks ago, 10:35

Mwangi Muiruri

Farmers in central Kenya are shifting from maize farming to other crops due to the high cost of production and market unreliability.

Most farmers are now opting to grow bananas, cassava and sweet potatoes while the area under maize crop has been declining since 2011.

According to cereals farming advisory officer Wallace Wambua, the region no longer relies on its own maize production to meet its consumption needs.

“Full maize production potential for the region is 15 million bags but currently we are doing on average 150,000 bags per season. Banana production has shot from 10 tonnes in 2011 to the current 120 tonnes. Cassava production has increased to 15 tonnes from six tonnes in 2011 whereas sweet potatoes rose to 30 tonnes from 10 tonnes in 2011,” he told the Business Daily.

He says farmers are “disillusioned with maize production”.

Mr Wambua says based on farmers’ feedback, cost of producing maize on has increased ...
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