Unga prices rise due to the lack of rainfall


Kenyans will soon feel the pinch with maize flour prices rising due to the continued poor supply of maize by farmers.

According to prices in the supermarkets, a packet of maize flour has risen by 28 per cent to Sh109 from an average Sh85 since February.

In Tuskys Supermarket, a two-kilo pack of Soko brand is being sold for Sh109, while Kifaru and Jogoo went for Sh104 and Sh101 respectively.

According to Andrew Tuimur, chief administrative secretary at the Agriculture ministry, the rise in prices is being blamed on the continued hoarding of maize.

NCPB shows that only purchased 20 percent of the required two million bags to stock the reservoir.

Lack of rain is majorly being blamed for the lack of maize with most parts of the country still lacking rainfall.

Several counties, including Mandera, West Pokot, Kilifi, Laikipia, Nyeri, Garissa, Turkana, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Isiolo, Kitui and Wajir, are already in the grip of drought and it will take time before the food situation improved.

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