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Food prices in Nairobi skyrocket after electionFresh food prices in Nairobi have shot up amid low stocks, with vendors projecting a further rise as transporters keep off the roads. Prices of foods such as maize, beans, green grams and vegetables, including onions, tomatoes, carrots and cabbages, have risen as demand outstripped supply.
Before the elections, onions, tomatoes and carrots were selling at Sh40, Sh80 and Sh30 per kilogramme respectively. A kilo of Rosecoco beans was selling at Sh100. They are now selling at Sh60, Sh100, Sh50 and Sh120 respectively. A kilo of carrots is expected to rise to Sh80 and Rosecoco beans Sh150, if things don’t normalise swiftly.
A kilo of onions could sell at Sh80, while the same quantity of tomatoes is tipped to hit Sh150 according to vendors. Traders also observed that since last week, customers have been buying food items in bulk to stock up in anticipation of low supply after the elections.
Some of the food bought in bulk includes vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, carrots and cabbages.
Publication date: 8/11/2017
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