Kenyans will have to contend with a very expensive breakfast on their tables everyday as the cost of milk was raised by processors as of Monday, September 27. All processors have thus increased the price of milk by between Ksh3 and Ksh5 for both fresh and long life brands, citing high producer prices in the market.
New Kenya Cooperative Creameries managing director Nixon Sigey told the Business Daily that whereas the price paid to farmers increased in March last year, the cost towards the consumers remained the same.
“Farmers prices increased from Ksh33 in March 2020 to Ksh45 currently. For a long time consumer prices remained at Ksh45-Ksh50 per packet depending on the brand,” said Sigey who is also the chairperson of Kenya Dairy Processors.
Consumers are now buying a 500ml packet of milk at Ksh60 from Ksh55 previously for long life and Ksh55 for fresh type, the first of such increase on the commodity for over a year. Around the same time, the cost of sugar went up by Ksh30 for a 2kg packet in retail shops in what the government termed as interruptions at the mills.
The cost is even higher in estate shops where a kilogram of loose sugar is selling at a high of Ksh240 for a 2kg packet from Ksh200 previously. The increase in both commodities comes amid a potential increase in other basic goods that was ignited by the increase in fuel prices.
The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) announced on Tuesday, September 14 that Super Petrol went up by Ksh7.58, Diesel by Ksh7.94 and Kerosene by Ksh12.97 in its latest monthly review. Petrol now retails at Ksh134.72 per litre in Nairobi, Diesel Ksh115.60 and Kerosene Ksh110.82.
The new prices have already made a terrible economic situation for Kenyans even worse as matatu operators were the first merchants of public service to shoot up bus fares to mitigate the new fuel costs.
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