Kenya: Vegetable prices up after heavy rainfall

A vegetable shortage has hit parts of Kenya’s Tharaka Nithi County. This has resulted in prices going up. In the county’s main commercial centre, Chuka town, wholesalers from neighboring Embu and Meru counties are selling their kale at more than three time the prices of last month. Chuka town residents are now turning to cabbages, which are also scarce and expensive.

Stella Fredrick, a trader in Chuka town, said that they are hesitant to buy the little available vegetables as customers are complaining of the increased prices. “Our business has deteriorated because of the acute shortage of vegetables, which has run for some weeks now and which is likely to continue up to July,” Ms Fredrick told She attributed the shortage to prolonged heavy downpours, which are usually followed by very cold weather, destroying the vegetables.

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