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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Kenya runs out of maize supplies

HAMBURG - The Kenyan government is preparing a tender to purchase 270,000 tonnes of maize and is now pre-qualifying trading houses to bid, European traders said on Tuesday.

Pre-qualification will end on June 26 and bidding will start at an unspecified period in July, traders said. White maize is being sought for an unspecified shipment date. On May 20, the Kenyan government said it would undertake major maize imports this summer to avert a looming food shortage caused by post-election ethnic violence late last year which forced thousands of farmers to flee their farms.

Violent mobs protesting against the "re-election" of President Mwai Kibaki in December destroyed large volumes of maize in stores during violence in which hundreds of people were killed.

Reuters

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