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Feeds prices increase 20 per cent as drought cuts grain supplies

Livestock producers are paying up to 20 per cent more for animal feeds compared to the previous rate as a result of a biting drought .

A grain shortage has raised the price of feeds and the Kenya Livestock Producers Association (KLPA) says this was eating into their returns.

Geoffrey Gikungu, the association’s chairman, said that animal feeds retail prices have over the past weeks gone up by between 16 and 20 per cent, hurting farmers. “We are in a situation where farmers are starving and their livestock are becoming too costly to feed. Production will certainly go down and cost of production will go up. That is not a situation that guarantees wealth creation in the livestock sector,” he said.

For instance, the wholesale price of a 50 kilogramme bag of dairy meal has, in a fortnight, increased to Sh2,050 from the previous Sh1,750, representing a 17.1 per cent jump.