Why will the price of unga continue to rise? Ugali becomes a gold mine

Why cost of Unga continue to rise in Kenya
 

Kenya is buying maize to help feed 3.1 million people in dry and semi-arid areas.
Most of the maize shipment comes via Busia as Uganda searches for duty-free, non-GMO maize.


Uganda and Kenya are EAC free trade area members. Maize enters the nation via Tanzania's Namanga border.


Abubakar Ochieng, a grain merchant in Busia, counted 20 corn trucks entering Kenya. The maize comes from Busia, Uganda, and Kampala, Uganda.


Ochieng acknowledged it wasn't true at the start of the year. The dealer said Kenya used to export corn to Uganda.


Namanga received five trucks on Thursday and two on Friday. Tanzania, like many other countries, limits exports of goods so that they can first meet domestic demand. This means that there is less maize available through Namanga.


South Africa, which, regrettably, produces largely GMO maize, was also a supplier of maize goods in the first three months of the year.


According to tax data, Kenya bought 24,000 kg of maize flour from South Africa by sea. The Sh1.1 million of maize flour was used to make animal feed. On August 1, 2010, this entry was published.


Kenya aims to import up to 540,000 tonnes of maize this year, the most since 2017, when a maize scarcity forced the government to acquire it from Mexico.


Maize production has gone down because of drought, expensive inputs like fertilizer, and autumn armyworms. This has caused prices to go up.


According to KNBS data, a two-kilogram package of maize flour rose from Sh126.3 in January to Sh150.


A two-pack of maize flour, needed to make ugali, a Kenyan staple, cost Sh150, up from less than Sh120 a year earlier.


Now, 2 kg packets trade between Sh 200 and Sh 250. Manufacturers predict the cost to reach Sh 300 in August 2022.


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