the East Africa Community will save an estimated $1.4 billion used every year
on wheat imports, regional researchers said.
rainwater harvesting, irrigation and bulk buying of fertilisers.
the EAC is about 25 per cent of the regional potential, leading to imports of
1.6 million tonnes of grain every year.
more than half of their consumption,” said Bekele Shiferaw, director of the
Nairobi-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre.
other investments, 20 to 100 per cent of farmlands in the 12 nations studied
appear to be ecologically suitable for profitable wheat farming,” notes a report
by the centre on how farmers in countries like Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania can
use rainwater and fertiliser to increase production of wheat.
that while Kenya produces the highest volume of wheat in the EAC, it also
imports the highest amount.
the year 2012/2013 show that Kenya produced 247,000 tonnes of wheat under an
area of 130,000 hectares but imported 879,000 tonnes.
and imported 608,000 tonnes in the same five year average period.
imported 155,000 tonnes.
imported 16,000 tonnes while Burundi produced 9,000 tonnes under an area of
10ha but imported 5,000 tonnes.
the highest being Kenya at 2.2 tonnes/ha and the lowest being Burundi at 0.9
EAC will cumulatively import about two million tonnes of wheat annually, double
the total from 10 years ago due to rising population.
farmers are unlikely to benefit from this growth because of low production.
Source: The East African