16 November 2012

Kenya: Food Prices on the Increase

Food prices have soared up in Malindi over the past one week. William Mwangi, a food dealer in Malindi's Old Market, said the prices have may continue to going up because of the poor road network, heavy rainfall and cost of transport.

Mwangi told the Star yesterday that tomatoes, potatoes, maize, beans and green bananas are the most affected. He said that a box of tomatoes which was retailing at Sh1,800 a week ago is now selling at Sh2,300.

A bag of potatoes which was going for Sh6,500 now costs Sh7,500 while a bag of maize sells at Sh2,800 from Sh3, 500.

"Our suppliers are now exporting limes and coconuts to Tanzania. They seem to have found a big market there. This fact has made them be sold at a very high price here," he said.

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