Food prices in Nyeri soar as drought continue to bite

Monday April 8 2019

Chaka market in Nyeri County

Elizabeth Wanjiru sorts out groceries at her stand at Chaka market in Nyeri County on April 8, 2019. Prices of fresh produce in Nyeri County have nearly doubled as the effects of drought continue to be felt in the region and in different parts of the country. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

IRENE MUGO
By IRENE MUGO
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Prices of fresh produce in Nyeri County have nearly doubled as the effects of drought continue to be felt in the region and in different parts of the country.

Traders in major markets in the county have decried reduced profits as customers keep off due to the high prices of commodities.

In the last four months, farmers have reduced their supplies to the markets as production has declined to a point where basic fresh produce such as vegetables are unavailable in the market.

LONG RAINS

Though the first two months of the year are normally dry, the failure of the long rains to start in March has further threatened food security in the county.

“Everything has shot up; we are not making profits because the little we get is being suffocated in transport as we fetch goods from other counties,” noted Ms Mercy Maina.