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Economy

Posho mill maize flour now more costly than packed unga

The subsidised maize flour has been in short supply. FILE PHOTO | NMG
The subsidised maize flour has been in short supply. FILE PHOTO | NMG  

Kenyans buying non-sifted maize from posho mills are for the first time paying more than those using packed flour,  exposing the poor more to the rising cost of the staple.

Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) reveals that on average shoppers bought a two-kilo packet of flour at Sh119, above the Sh90 set by the government under the subsidy plan.

But those relying on flour from posho mills paid an average of Sh130.54 for the two kilos, marking the first time packed flour was cheaper compared to the non-sifted maize.

Traditionally, poor Kenyans rely on flour milled in posho mills, which accounts for about 60 per cent of the supply, to lower their food costs.

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