Unga prices to hit Ksh.100 as millers accuse farmers of hoarding maize


Unga prices to hit Ksh.100 as millers accuse farmers of hoarding maize
File image of packets of maize flour at a supermarket. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • United Trade Millers Association vice chairman Ken Nyaga on Monday said Unga prices are set to rise from Ksh.75 to Ksh.100 per 2kg bag.
  • According to Mr. Nyaga, farmers are refusing to sell their maize since the government promised to buy the produce at a higher price of Ksh.3,000 per 90 kgs bag.

The price of maize flour is expected to rise across the country as millers accuse farmers of hoarding maize leading to shortage of the produce.

United Trade Millers Association vice chairman Ken Nyaga on Monday said Unga prices are set to rise from Ksh.75 to Ksh.100 per 2kg bag.

According to Mr. Nyaga, farmers are refusing to sell their maize since the government promised to buy the produce at a higher price of Ksh.3,000 per 90 kgs bag.

“It is the high time the government came up with proper ways to streamline the maize industry. We are between a rock and a hard place. There is no maize available from the farmers we cannot sustain the current market of Ksh.75 per 2kg packet,” said Mr. Nyaga.

He added: “The farmers are refusing to sell their maize because the government promised to buy the maize at Ksh. 3,000 per 90kgs bag. So they do not want to sell a 90kg bag at Ksh.2,300.”

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