Vegetable prices surge after heavy rainfall

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Tuesday May 25 2021

Sukuma Wiki

Stella Fredrick, a vegetable dealer in Chuka town, Tharaka Nithi County at the Chuka launch-air market on May 24, 2021. PHOTO | ALEX NJERU | NMG

A vegetable shortage has hit parts of Tharaka Nithi County pushing up prices.

In Chuka town, which is the county’s main industrial centre, wholesalers from the neighbouring Embu and Meru counties are promoting a kilogramme of sukuma wiki (kale) at Sh50 up from Sh15 final month.

The merchants are in turn promoting to patrons at Sh20, the few leaves that they at the beginning retailing at Sh10.

Chuka town residents are no doubt turning to cabbages, that are also scarce and dear.

The price of a kilogramme of spinach has also elevated from Sh30 to Sh50, while that of tomatoes has doubled from Sh50 to Sh100 in the previous couple of weeks.

Stella Fredrick, a dealer in Chuka town, talked about that they’re hesitant to acquire the exiguous accessible greens because customers are complaining of the elevated prices.

“Our commerce has deteriorated attributable to the intense shortage of greens, which has hotfoot for some weeks now and which is liable to proceed as a lot as July,” talked about Ms Fredrick.

Prolonged heavy downpour

She attributed the lack to prolonged heavy downpour, which is in total adopted by very frosty weather, destroying the greens.

Julius Kariuki, a vegetable wholesaler from Runyenjes in Embu County, talked about sukumawiki, spinach and cabbages maintain also been plagued by worms which would possibly per chance well per chance be smartly-liked at some stage in the frosty season.

“Vegetable vegetation also require some heat to be healthy and maintain many leaves,” talked about Mr Kariuki.

Ugali (made the utilization of maize flour) and sukuma wiki is a staple on household tables in a lot of the urban areas in Kenya because it’s inexpensive and easy to arrange.

Nevertheless, in Chuka town, residents are no doubt opting to luxuriate in ugali with cereals equivalent to beans and green grams as their prices maintain remained quite proper.

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