10 Basic Items Drop in Price – KNBS Report

The Kenya National Bureau of Statics on Friday issued data showing the trend in prices of commodities in the last month year revealing a drop in most of the basic food commodities.

In the latest commodities prices trend dropped in the last month despite inflation and a slight drop in fuel prices in Kenya after a hike in the preceding month.

The statistics revealed food commodities that recorded a decline in the last year including fortified maize flour reduced by 3.7 per cent sugar reduced by 1.7 per cent and maize grains by 2.2 per cent.

Leading on the list of food prices that have dropped are mangoes which have recorded a decrease with one kilogram recording  5.7 per cent followed by potatoes with a kilogram price reducing by 4.9 per cent.

Maize flour stacked at a supermarket.


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Amidst a robust subsidy fertilizer subsidy programme by President William Ruto, the maize grain prices and even flour have recorded a decrease in prices with sifted maize flour and fortified recording a 3.8 and a 3.7 per cent per 2 kilograms decrease respectively.

Loose maize grains equally recorded a decline in prices as the government reduced the prices of fertiliser subsidy which the government attributed to the latest bumper harvest in recent times.

Despite the ailing sugar sector and reforms that have been spearheaded by President William Ruto, KNBS showed that the price of sugar per kilogram dropped by 1.7 per cent over the last month.

Loose maize flour also recorded a 1.2 per cent decrease in price per 1 kilogram followed by tomatoes which recorded a decline of 1.3 per cent per 1 kilogram.

The last two commodities that recorded a slight decrease over the last month were 2-kilogram wheat flour and fresh unpacked 1-litre cow milk both reducing by 0.7 and  0.5 per cent respectively.

However, the data also recorded a sharp increase in some commodities with one kilogram of carrots recording 14.5 per cent followed by Sukuma Wiki which recorded a 6.2% increase per kilogram.

Data on prices of non-food commodities shows commodities whose prices have gone up top being bus fares with a one-way ticket to upcountry recording a 58.3 per cent increase as people make mass trips upcountry for Christmas and New Year festivities.

Another non-food commodity recorded an increase in electricity per 50 kilowatt and house rents which showed 1.2 per cent and 1.1 per cent respectively.

KNBS Director General Macdonald Obudho launches the report on Wednesday, October 18, 2023.



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