The Ministry of Agriculture shall, for a period of four weeks, subsidize the price of maize flour being produced and sold by millers, according to an internal communication document signed by the Agriculture PS Francis Owino.
Starting today, maize flour will be sold for Sh100 a drop from Sh230.
“The recommended Retail price of flour is should not exceed Sh100 for a 2kg packet, Sh250 for a 5kg packet and Sh490 for a 10kg packet
According to the document, the Ministry must send personnel to the miller’s offices and storage facilities to check documentation of the sale of maize flour on the open market.
In recent months, the cost of food and other essential consumer goods has been on the rise, with some of these costs reaching previously unheard-of heights.
Maize and wheat flour, sugar, cooking oil, tissue paper, milk, food items, and bread are those that are most commonly impacted.
According to a survey conducted last week and published by the research firm Infotrak, 73% of Nairobi residents believe their country is moving in the wrong path.
Majority of those who held this opinion (81%) cited the high cost of living as the reason behind their assertion.
Due to increasing fuel and food costs, which reached 7.1 percent in May compared to 6.47 percent in April and 5.556 percent in March, Kenya’s cost of living increased even more.
Data by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) Consumer Price Index and Inflation showed that the rise was mainly driven by an increase in prices of commodities under food and non-alcoholic beverages basket (12.4 per cent).