Maize flour prices are going to be revised upwards as its demand increases.
According to millers, the price of flour is likely to touch Sh130 mark for a two-kilogramme packet, from the current high of Sh122 that some brands are retailing at, after jumping from Sh108 last month.
December normally sees low demand for flour as households consume other foods such as wheat products and rice to mark the festive season.
“In December there is normally lower demand for maize flour as households consume more of other goods other than maize flour. By the end of this week we shall have a clearer picture of what the market will look like going forward,” said Ken Nyaga, chairperson of the United Millers Association.
The expected jump in price of flour would be occasioned by high prices of maize that have now hit Sh3,200 when delivered to millers in Nairobi, from Sh2,800 previously.
Last month, millers complained that there was a shortage of the produce in the market and even wrote a letter to the Ministry of Agriculture warning of an impending increase in cost of flour due to unavailability of sufficient stocks.
Trans Nzoia County — one of Kenya’s breadbaskets, ruled out a shortage of maize currently as claimed by millers, saying there were enough stocks with the farmers.
“We are just from harvesting our main crop and there shouldn’t be talks of a shortage at the moment. Millers have been saying that there is a shortage but I told them that we have enough maize especially here in Trans-Nzoia,” said Dr Nzomo.
National Cereals and Produce Board was forced last week to increase the price of maize by Sh300 to woo farmers in the wake of a shortage of maize.