US$1.5bn required for grain imports

Government requires US$1,5 billion to import grain and other related social safety nets.

1.4 million tonnes of grains are needed to feed at least three million people until March 2017.

The US$1.5 billion appeal from the government to domestic partners follows the declaration of the 2015-2016 agricultural season as a national disaster owing to the El-Nino effects which saw a some parts of the country receiving below normal rainfall.

Recent rains raise hope