Maize flour packets on store shelves. PHOTO|COURTESY

The Ministry of Agriculture’s directive that the price of maize flour be reduced to Ksh100 has not yet been followed, according to millers, who have admitted that they are still talking with the government.

The chief executive officer of the Cereal Millers Association (CMA) indicated in a statement dated Tuesday, July 20, that the millers and the state were still in talks to settle the precise rates to sell maize flour.

She continued by saying they were moving along and dropped a hint that they might strike a deal the next week.

“The CMA is consulting the Ministry of Agriculture and other relevant stakeholders on how best to reduce maize flour prices. Negotiations are at an advanced stage but no price has been set. We will advise all stakeholders on progress made towards achieving our goal of providing adequate, affordable and nutritious maize flour,” read the statement in part.

Peter Munya, the cabinet secretary for agriculture, promised the nation that they will create a plan to reduce the price to Ksh100 the next week.

Insisting that the government was generally worried about the high expense of living that has caused the prices of essential items to soar, he denied assertions that the subsidy scheme was political.

The CS further disclosed that they would collaborate with the millers to ensure that the price of a 2 kg bag of maize flour would not sell for more than Ksh100.

It was announced that representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture would check a variety of retail shops to make sure the guideline is being followed.