Nairobians Resolve To Use Royco Cubes As tomato Hits Ksh 30 Each

By Juma / February 14, 2020 | 8:00 am




If you have tomatoes on your farm right now, it is time to make a kill as the price has really skyrocketed in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru and other parts of the country.

Nairobians seem to have embraced the use of Royco Cubes that go for 5 shillings instead of using tomatoes and onions that have now become a luxury.

In most parts of Nairobi, a tomato is now retailing at 30 shillings, up from between 20 and 25 shillings last week and from 5 shillings two months ago.

Those buying in bulk are at a reprieve, but not much breathing space. At the Muthurwa market, known for affordable groceries, customers are buying 4 tomatoes at 100 shillings when a month ago, the same 4 tomatoes were going for 20 shillings.

At Ngara Fig Tree market, customers are buying 2 tomatoes at 70 shillings, 1 between 30 and 35 shillings and those buying in bulk going home with 4 tomatoes at 100 and 120 shillings.

In Eastleigh, customers are buying a tomato between 20 and 25 shillings. Retailers who were selling the same commodity on wholesale to other smaller retailers have since opted not to since it is more profitable to sell to the customer directly.

Onions are also becoming gold. A large onion is going for 20 shillings from just 5 shillings a month ago. Those buying on wholesale, are buying 2 onions at 30 shillings in most parts of the city.

The shortage has been reported in other major cities such as Kisumu, Kakamega, Nakuru, Eldoret, and Mombasa.

“There are no tomatoes on the market. We have to travel for days actually to get the merchandise. For me, I bought my stock from Busia,” says Mary Wanjiku, a trader at Ngara Fig Tree market in a brief chat Friday morning.

Farmers have blamed the large amounts of rainfall that dominated the country towards the end of 2019.  “Tomatoes don’t like too much rainfall. Kenyans will have to suffer for a while,” said Nicholas Mumbo, a tomato farmer in Kajiado in a brief phone interview.

READ: A Tomato For 20 Shillings, An Egg For 30 Shillings: What Next Nairobians?





About Juma

Juma is an enthusiastic journalist who believes that journalism has power to change the world either negatively or positively depending on how one uses it.(020) 528 0222 or Email: [email protected]

View other posts by Juma


More Articles From This Author







Trending Stories










Other Related Articles










SOKO DIRECTORY & FINANCIAL GUIDE



ARCHIVES

2020
  • January 2020 (272)
  • February 2020 (184)
  • 2019
  • January 2019 (255)
  • February 2019 (216)
  • March 2019 (285)
  • April 2019 (254)
  • May 2019 (272)
  • June 2019 (251)
  • July 2019 (338)
  • August 2019 (293)
  • September 2019 (306)
  • October 2019 (313)
  • November 2019 (362)
  • December 2019 (320)
  • 2018
  • January 2018 (291)
  • February 2018 (219)
  • March 2018 (278)
  • April 2018 (225)
  • May 2018 (238)
  • June 2018 (178)
  • July 2018 (256)
  • August 2018 (249)
  • September 2018 (256)
  • October 2018 (287)
  • November 2018 (284)
  • December 2018 (185)
  • 2017
  • January 2017 (183)
  • February 2017 (194)
  • March 2017 (207)
  • April 2017 (104)
  • May 2017 (169)
  • June 2017 (205)
  • July 2017 (190)
  • August 2017 (195)
  • September 2017 (186)
  • October 2017 (235)
  • November 2017 (253)
  • December 2017 (266)
  • 2016
  • January 2016 (165)
  • February 2016 (165)
  • March 2016 (190)
  • April 2016 (143)
  • May 2016 (245)
  • June 2016 (182)
  • July 2016 (271)
  • August 2016 (248)
  • September 2016 (234)
  • October 2016 (191)
  • November 2016 (243)
  • December 2016 (153)
  • 2015
  • January 2015 (1)
  • February 2015 (4)
  • March 2015 (166)
  • April 2015 (108)
  • May 2015 (116)
  • June 2015 (120)
  • July 2015 (148)
  • August 2015 (157)
  • September 2015 (188)
  • October 2015 (169)
  • November 2015 (173)
  • December 2015 (207)
  • 2014
  • March 2014 (2)
  • 2013
  • March 2013 (10)
  • June 2013 (1)
  • 2012
  • March 2012 (7)
  • April 2012 (15)
  • May 2012 (1)
  • July 2012 (1)
  • August 2012 (4)
  • October 2012 (2)
  • November 2012 (2)
  • December 2012 (1)
  • 2011
    2010
    2009
    2008
    2007
    2006
    2005
    2004
    2003
    2002
    2001
    2000
    1999
    1998
    1997
    1996
    1995
    1994
    1993
    1992
    1991
    1990
    1989
    1988
    1987
    1986
    1985
    1984
    1983
    1982
    1981
    1980
    1979
    1978
    1977
    1976
    1975
    1974
    1973
    1972
    1971
    1970
    1969
    1968
    1967
    1966
    1965
    1964
    1963
    1962
    1961
    1960
    1959
    1958
    1957
    1956
    1955
    1954
    1953
    1952
    1951
    1950