With the subsidy ending and all millers beginning to produce unsubsidised maize due to a low supply of the crop, maize prices are anticipated to increase in the following days. Out of the 300 millers who applied for the subsidy, only 129 were accepted and more than half of the processors stopped milling once the government stated that most flour brands would be sold for Sh100 (per two kilogram package) during the subsidy period.
Due to a shortage of the crop, all millers started producing unsubsidized maize when the subsidy ended, and it is expected that maize prices will rise over the coming days.Only 129 of the 300 millers who asked for the subsidy were approved, and after the government announced that most flour brands would be sold for Sh100 (per two kilogram bag) during the subsidy period, more than half of the processors quit milling.
The price of maize flour is expected to reach a new high relatively soon. Tanzania has placed a moratorium on the issuance of exit visas. Because there was a shortage of maize in the country, the price of unga reached KSh 200 for the very first time in the history of the Kenyan market.
Following the current crisis on the price of maize flour due to inflation across the country, the price may increase further after unrevealed truth by the ministry of agriculture to the public leaked. The current price of the maize flour in a retail price is more than Ksh 200 per 2Kg packet which is very high given that some Kenyans cannot afford.
Kenyans maybe expecting an increment in the price of maize flour higher than the current price. This is bad news to Kenyans since the price is currently more than Ksh 200 per 2Kg packet which is unaffordable to some families. This information leaked after an interview with United Grains Millers Association and livestock feed manufacturers told Business daily that one of the main source of maize grains import for the country has freezes export permit for Kenyan traders and since last week they have not get any maize from Tanzania.
Kenyans expect new government yet to be formed after Tuesday September 13 when Dr William Samoei Ruto, the president elect is sworn in. However, maize traders in Kenya have suffered a huge blow and shock after some news from Tanzania concerning maize importation. As reported by the Daily Business, Tanzania has frozen new issuance of maize permits.
Due to a shortage of the crop, all millers started producing unsubsidized maize when the subsidy ended, and it is expected that maize prices will rise over the coming days. Only 129 of the 300 millers who asked for the subsidy were approved, and after the government announced that most flour brands would be sold for Sh100 (per two kilogram bag) during the subsidy period, more than half of the processors quit milling.
Uproar and drama in the whole country as the Agricultural Cabinet Secretary Hon. Munya now suspends the total levies on the imported maize flour within the country. According to the Kenya Millers Importers, they said that the suspended levies are very insignificant that their effect won't be realised.
Kenyans will be relieved after maize floor prices have been set to reduce following the big announcement by Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Munya. Maize floor prices had skyrocketed to highest price ever of 202Ksh.This had left the Kenyans begging the government to intervene. The Agriculture Cabinet Secretary announced that food prices will go down by 2Ksh after he levied relief.
The ministry of Agriculture has come to the rescue of people who eat Ugali againt aflatoxin related diseases that arise after injesting aflatoxins from Maize flour. The government is set to provide local maize posho millers with testing equipments for aflatoxins. It will be a mandatory for the Posho Millers to test all maize before milling so as to try and identify any maize contaminated with aflatoxins.
Millers claim that Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya's intentions to suspend all tariffs on imported maize in order to reduce the cost of the staple will only reduce the price of flour by Sh2 for a two-kilo packet. According to the United Grain Millers Association (UGMA), an umbrella organization of small and medium-sized millers, the move is so tiny that it will hanot affectustomers.
The CS stated that the directive would assist in lowering the price of maize flour, which has risen to more than Sh200 for a 2kg bag. "The government is looking into ways and means of bringing down the cost of unga so that consumers can afford it," CS Munya said after inspecting the importation of maize from Tanzania at the Namanga Border Post.
It is well wide known in the country that the prices of products has been shooting really up. Especially the basic commodity, the maize flour, has really been pushing Kenyans to the edge of poverty.But today Kenyans will a little bit smile since some of the Levi's has been removed, according to CS of agriculture, Peter Munya.The prices had shoot up due to conflict in the Kenya Tanzania border where it is the major source of Miller's maize.
Kenyans have been warned to brace themselves for tough times in January even as the price of maize flour is expected to shoot through the roof. While addressing the media on January 4, the millers explained that there was an increasing demand for the commodity after the festive season.
It has been a rough year so far for Kenyans. This is because of the tough economic times that has seen the prices of almost everything sore. This has left a lot of Kenyans especially from humble backgrounds in a really sad state. One commodity whose price has skyrocketed is maize flour.
File photo of a maize flour at a supermarket Kenyans have been told to expected further increase in the price of maize in few coming weeks. This now adds more problems to the month people called Njanuary due to the fact that a lot had been spent in festivities and also some paid school fees.
Man stabs two people, including an NIS officer. The Nationa Intelligence Service officer tried to rescue the wife when he also met his death. The incident took place in Kabiyet in Nandi County. The man involved in the stabing is now under police custody. Crime seem to be in the rise recently. It was only yesterday when a gang of thieves hacked a police officer on patrol to death in Kilifi. The gang also made away with G3 rifle and 20 rounds of ammunition. The colleague of the police that was hacked escaped
It has emerged that maize processors in the country have written a letter to the Ministry of Agriculture, warning of an increase in flour prices due to a shortage of maize in the country. That is what is said to be contributing to the increase in the price of one sack of 90 kilograms of maize.