Relief is finally sweeping across the country after the government cut maize flour prices to Sh100 for a 2-kilogram packet over the next month. The drop in Unga prices will herald a timely relief to millions of Kenyans who are braving high inflation that has pushed up the prices of essential commodities and made life unbearable.
The Ministry of Agriculture on Monday announced that it had inked a deal with millers to bring down the cost of flour which has been retailing at over Sh210 and ksh 230 at major retail outlets in recent weeks further thinning the spending power of consumers who are already overburdened with the high cost of living.
The subsidy also means that a 1-kilogram packet of Unga will retail at Sh52 and the 500-gram packet at Sh30 at retail prices to Kenyans.
“The Ministry of Agriculture shall subsidize the price of maize flour being produced/sold by the miller for a period of four (4) weeks from the date of this contract,” read part of the agreement the Ministry has inked with millers.
The move has been welcomed by many Kenyans across the political divide who had been waiting anxiously for government intervention in the wake of maize and food shortage that has affected majority of Kenyans.