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Cement makers eye higher output with renewed clinker imports

Local firms are prepared to start producing cement rather than importing the finished product. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Local firms are prepared to start producing cement rather than importing the finished product. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Mombasa port has begun to receive industrial inputs almost one month after the August 8 polls. Data by Kenya Ports Authority (see graph on page 17) shows that clinker was the main item ordered in the week to September 20.

Clinker is used in the manufacture of cement. Between the General Election date and last week, the port mainly received ready-for-consumption items — ranging from cereals to cement.

In the week to September 13, for instance, maize was the top item cleared at the port with 59,499 metric tonnes handled during the week.

It was followed by cement, wheat and sugar in that order. The increased shipping of food items into the country has helped to tame shortage and price rallies which had hit the country in the run up to August General Election.