Uganda Milk Traders Cash in From Kenya

Uganda traders at the Busia and Malaba border points are making a killing selling milk to their Kenyan counterparts.

This follows a shortage of the commodity in the local market due to drought and expensive animal feeds.

Last week, Wangige Farmer’s Cooperative Union, issued a notice stating that due to prolonged drought, the cost of feeds had increased compelling the union to increase the price of milk to processors and other buyers.

“The only available option for us is to buy milk from Uganda,” Kelvin Olima a retail shop operator in Amagoro town told the Star on Wednesday.

This shortage has compelled suppliers to increase milk prices with a dozen of half litre packets selling at Sh750 up from Sh480 in December last year.

In March this year, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics released data indicating that the overall rate of inflation in the country rose to 6.31 percent from 5.61 per cent in February.

The data showed that a half litre packet of milk averaged Sh51.42 in March up from Sh50.21 in February, translating to a 2.4 percent increase.

KNBS said non-alcoholic drinks and food index increased by 2.65 per cent as a result of a high cost of vegetables, milk and other food products.

Source : The Star

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