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Kenya Plans to Import Yellow Corn for First Time Since 2011

Maize plants grow in Joska, Kenya, on Jan. 28, 2016.
Photographer: Riccardo Gangale/Bloomberg
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Kenya has approved the import of 5 million bags, or 450,000 metric tons, of yellow corn from Ukraine as a drought slashes its own output of the grain.

The imports, the first of the variety since 2011, will be brought in by private companies and sold to animal feed millers, said Johnson Irungu, Director of Crops at the Ministry of Agriculture, in an interview on Thursday. Imports will be sought immediately, he said.