The prices of dry maize are still relatively high across the country despite the fact that farmers have been preparing for the new harvest.
Most farmers across the country delayed planting this year’s season after the much-anticipated long rains delayed to come.
Farmers who had stock of their previous harvest held onto it, leading to the spiking of prices by more than 100 percent from just between 1,200 and 1,400 per 90-Kg bag to between 4,000 and 5,000 shillings.
Residents in Nakuru, Eldoret, and Nakuru are enjoying low maize prices compared to other regions.
In Nakuru, a 90-kilogram bag of maize is going at an average of 2,800 shillings, in Eldoret and 2,600 shillings while in most parts of Kitale at 2,450 shillings.
In Nairobi, the price of a 90-Kg bag of dry maize is higher. In most places, it is retailing between 4,000 and 4,800 shillings. In some areas like Muthurwa, the price is a bit lower at 3,400 shillings.
In Bungoma, the price also varies depending on the place one intending to buy is. In Bungoma town, the price of a 90-Kg bag of maize is retailing between 3,000 and 3,500 shillings.
In Kimilili and Tongaren Constituencies (Bungoma County), the price is higher than the Bungoma town between 4,000 and 4,200 shillings. Most of the buyers of maize in this region are small-scale (buying for daily consumption).
In Kakamega, the price of a 90-Kg of dry maize is high too. It is retailing 4,200 and 5,000 shillings. In some areas, however, the price is as low as 3,800 shillings. Just like Bungoma, most of the buyers are small-scale, buying for daily consumption.
In Kisumu, the price is ranging between 4,000 and 5,000 shillings in urban areas and between 3,900 and 4,000 in rural areas.
Already there are concerns of a biting hunger this year and next year following an anticipated drop in the harvest volume of maize. Most farmers delayed to plant and some abandoned the growing of maize due to poor prices then.