Why is Maize Flour So Expensive in Kenya: Comparative Analysis With Other African Countries

By Steve Biko Wafula / Published May 22, 2023 | 7:56 am




KEY POINTS

Kenya has a relatively high cost of production due to the high cost of inputs such as fertilizer and seeds. The Kenyan government also taxes maize at a higher rate than other African countries.


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Maize flour is a staple food in Kenya, and its high cost has been a major concern for many Kenyans. There are a number of factors that contribute to the high cost of maize flour, including:

  1. Inadequate production: Kenya is not self-sufficient in maize production, and the country relies on imports to meet its demand. This means that Kenya is vulnerable to fluctuations in the global maize market, which can lead to higher prices for maize flour.
  2. High taxes: The Kenyan government taxes maize flour at a high rate, which adds to the cost of the product. This tax is intended to raise revenue for the government, but it also makes maize flour more expensive for consumers.
  3. Poor infrastructure: Kenya’s infrastructure is not well-developed, which makes it difficult and expensive to transport maize from the farms to the mills and then to the markets. This adds to the cost of maize flour.
  4. Maize smuggling: Maize smuggling is a major problem in Kenya, and it drives up the price of maize flour. Smugglers often import maize from neighboring countries at a lower price and then sell it in Kenya at a higher price.

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There are a number of things that can be done to make maize flour more affordable in Kenya. These include:

  1. Increasing production: Kenya needs to increase its maize production in order to reduce its reliance on imports. This can be done by investing in research and development, providing farmers with access to improved seeds and fertilizers, and expanding irrigation.
  2. Reducing taxes: The Kenyan government should reduce the taxes on maize flour in order to make it more affordable for consumers. This would help to reduce the cost of living for Kenyans and boost the economy.
  3. Improving infrastructure: The Kenyan government should invest in improving the country’s infrastructure, particularly its roads and railways. This would make it easier and cheaper to transport maize from the farms to the mills and then to the markets.
  4. Tackling maize smuggling: The Kenyan government should crack down on maize smuggling in order to protect the domestic market and reduce the cost of maize flour. This can be done by increasing border security and working with neighboring countries to stop the smuggling of maize.

The high cost of maize flour is a major challenge for Kenya. However, there are a number of things that can be done to make maize flour more affordable. By increasing production, reducing taxes, improving infrastructure, and tackling maize smuggling, the Kenyan government can help to make maize flour more affordable for all Kenyans.

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Comparative Analysis of Maize per 90Kg in Kenya and Other African Countries

The following table shows the price of maize per 90kg in Kenya and other African countries:

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As you can see, the price of maize per 90kg is highest in Kenya and lowest in Burundi. There are a number of factors that contribute to the price of maize, including the cost of production, taxes, and transportation. Kenya has a relatively high cost of production due to the high cost of inputs such as fertilizer and seeds. The Kenyan government also taxes maize at a higher rate than other African countries. Finally, the cost of transporting maize from the farms to the markets is higher in Kenya due to the poor state of the country’s infrastructure.

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The high cost of maize in Kenya has a number of negative consequences. It makes it difficult for low-income families to afford food, and it can lead to malnutrition. The high cost of maize can also lead to social unrest, as people become frustrated with the high cost of living.

The Kenyan government is taking steps to address the high cost of maize. The government has increased the production of maize by investing in research and development and providing farmers with access to improved seeds and fertilizers. The government has also reduced the taxes on maize. However, more needs to be done to make maize more affordable for all Kenyans.

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About Steve Biko Wafula

Steve Biko is the CEO OF Soko Directory and the founder of Hidalgo Group of Companies. Steve is currently developing his career in law, finance, entrepreneurship and digital consultancy; and has been implementing consultancy assignments for client organizations comprising of trainings besides capacity building in entrepreneurial matters.He can be reached on: +254 20 510 1124 or Email: info@sokodirectory.com

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