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Prices of greens down as rain raises supply in key markets

A fresh produce trader in Kisii. FILE PHOTO | NMG
A fresh produce trader in Kisii. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The ongoing rains have disrupted harvesting and forced farmers to dispose of produce at throwaway prices to cut losses.

An Agricultural and Food Authority (AFA) report indicates rising supply of carrots, cabbages and green maize, usually harvested for quick transportation to the market, has seen farmers suffer losses in part due transport disruption.

Green maize was Tuesday selling at Sh2,250 down from Sh2,500 last month for a 110-kilogramme extended sack, a 126-kilogramme extended sack of cabbages went for Sh2,200 down from 2,650 while carrots, which attracted Sh3,790 last January, are currently selling at Sh2,600 for a 138-kilo sack.

AFA, however, said a 90-kilogramme sack of dry maize is selling for Sh3,500 compared to Sh3,200 last month. Sweet potatoes packed in a 98-kilo sack sells for Sh3,800 up from Sh3,600.

A 50-kilogramme sack of cucumbers is going at Sh2,200 down from Sh2,500 last month and fresh peas for Sh2,500 up from Sh2,300 for the 51 kilogramme sack.

Groundnuts attracted the highest price rise at Sh17,600 up from Sh13,650 for a 110-kilo sack while the price of wheat dropped from Sh4,934 to Sh3,000 mainly blamed on imports. Capsicum fetched Sh2,750 for a 50-kilo sack compared to last month’s Sh3,000.