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Millers say wheat stuck at the port

Wheat harvesting in Narok. Kenya relies on imports to meet demand for the commodity. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Wheat harvesting in Narok. Kenya relies on imports to meet demand for the commodity. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

A delay in offloading 300,000 tonnes of wheat at the port of Mombasa has hit millers hard, raising fear this could lead to an increase in flour prices as they run out of stock.

The wheat has been stuck at the port for the last three to four weeks.

The slow pace of discharge has been blamed on the ongoing rains that have hampered the activity. Wheat that arrived at the port on November 6 could be discharged on December 5.

“About eight vessels are stuck at the port with over 300,000 tonnes of wheat. This will take another month to discharge and it is likely to have negative impact on prices due to increased demand as we head towards Christmas,” said one of the large millers in an interview.