NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The cost of maize in Kenya has hit a new low as
cheaper cross-border imports from Uganda and Tanzania swell.
The price of a 90-kg
bag of dry maize in breadbasket regions of the Rift Valley and
western has declined to an all-time low of 14 dollars, with
farmers blaming the drop to cheaper imports, especially from
On the other hand, a
2-kg pack of maize flour is currently being sold in retail
outlets at between 0.85 dollars and 0.90 U.S. dollars, down from
1.1 dollars over a month ago.
currently among the biggest importers of maize from Uganda and
Tanzania, where prices are as low as 12 dollars per 90kg bag,
according to industry data.
Latest data from the
East African Grain Council on cross-border imports showed that
Kenyan traders are importing up to 1,000 metric tonnes (MT) of
the staple a day.
Bernard Moina, an
agricultural officer in Kitale, said this year, Kenyan consumers
of the staple would enjoy lower prices because the country is
expected to have a good harvest following heavy rains.
“But the farmers
would suffer because prices are going to remain low and if the
imports would continue, then growers would once again look at
the government to buy their maize because the market would be
‘hostile’ to them,” he said.