Kenyans Pay More to Eat Ugali Than The Rest In East Africa

Maize flour packets at a Nairobi supermarket. FILE PHOTO | NMG

By George Omondi-Business Daily

Households in Kenya are paying the highest price for maize compared to those elsewhere in East Africa, even as the Ministry of Agriculture maintains large-scale farmers are hoarding the commodity.

The retail price of white dry maize across the country has crossed the Sh40,000 ($450) a tonne mark or Sh3,600 for every 90kg bag, latest data by East African Grain Council’s regional agricultural trade intelligence shows.

The data shows that the commodity is retailing at Sh3,600 per 90kg bag in Machakos and Makueni, Sh4,050 in Nairobi and Sh4,059 in Mombasa.

This is almost double the retail price of Sh24,400 ($244) per tonne or Sh2,196 per 90kg bag in Mwanza and Sh1,764 in Mbeya, all in Tanzania.

Maize is currently retailing at Sh2,745 per 90kg bag in Dar es Salaam but as low as Sh1,647 at Tunduma, near Tanzania’s border with Zambia. Read more>>

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