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List of items whose prices are set to increase in October



Consumers dislike seeing food costs rise, but according to a recent Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) report, Kenyans will continue to reach for their wallets this month.

Six food items will see price increases in the September issue of the Agriculture Sector Survey Report as a result of the present market circumstances.

Milk, sugar, cooking oil, rice, beans, and green grams are among the products that are reportedly affected, according to CBK.

“The price of processed and unprocessed milk could creep up as farmers supplement the green pasture with processed feeds as they await the short rains to commence.”

Sugar and cooking oil prices are expected to rise following the increase in electricity costs and high importation costs.

“Sugar prices could be moderated by the expected reopening of sugar factories in October which may coincide with the sugarcane harvest,” part of the CBK read without detailing the expected price rise.

According to CBK, the reasons for the rising costs of rice, beans, and green gram are low farm productivity.

For instance, the early-year heavy rains that were experienced hindered the production of beans. Farmers complained that the rains had harmed their crops.

However, CBK highlighted that several food costs, like the price of maize, are anticipated to decline this month.

“The Balance of Opinion points to a decline in the expected retail prices of grain maize and maize products in October 2023 with the ongoing harvest in most parts of the country,” part of the report read.

This year, the government projected a 31 per cent increase in maize harvest from the previous harvest of 31.3 million bags to 44 million bags of maize.

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Meat prices soar in Kajiado on livestock supply shortage



Kajiado County is experiencing a severe livestock shortage, which has caused a dramatic increase in the price of meat.

A few “nyama choma” restaurants have also lowered the amount of meat they roast since they claim that higher prices have made fewer people able to buy the specialty.

Nairobi, Kiambu, and Machakos counties account for the majority of Nyama Choma’s clientele, which makes it a profitable business satellite town in Kajiado.

The continuous downpour that is plaguing the area and other parts of the nation has been blamed for the shortage. Because there is an abundance of pasture available, hopeful farmers are remaining there in hopes of reaping large rewards soon.

Most people recommend selling the animals whose health declined as a result of the protracted drought is a loss and it is prudent for one to wait to benefit from the current pasture.

The most affected are goat prices, where a mature goat weighing 20 kg used to sell for Sh13,000 and Sh15,000, but now it is selling for Sh25,000.

Goat meat, which used to sell for Sh600 per kilogram, now costs Sh800 at wholesale and Sh1,200 at retail. A calf now sells for between Sh27,000 and Sh30,000, down from Sh20,000 a month earlier.

In the Ilbisil market, the biggest livestock market in the region, cattle from Tanzania, a neighboring country, currently hold a strong position. Cattle from Kiserian and Emali livestock markets, as well as Taita Taveta, currently dominate the Kitengela market.


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Ruto grants Africa citizens visa-free access to Kenya



By the end of 2023, all African people will be able to enter Kenya without a visa, according to President William Ruto, who made this announcement as part of a larger initiative to support regional integration and economic development in Africa.

He has already started putting the concept into practice by allowing reciprocal visa-free entrance to nationals of a number of other nations.

“Our children from this continent should not be locked in borders in Europe and also be locked in borders in Africa,” Ruto said while addressing a climate change conference in Congo Brazzaville last month.

The countries whose nationals are exempted from obtaining a visa are ranked as Category 1 countries by the Kenyan government.

According to Immigration Services department, Africa countries in this category are Botswana, Burundi, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Djibouti, Eritrea, Congo-Brazzaville, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Angola.

Abolishment of visa requirements is expected to facilitate the realisation of the African continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

Across the continent “It is time we realise the importance of trading among ourselves and allowing goods, services, people and ideas to move freely across the continent,” Ruto emphasised.

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Digital bus ticketing app BuuPass expands network to Mash Poa



BuuPass, Kenya’s premier digital bus ticketing platform has added Mash Poa to its network of bus operators to bring accessible, safe and convenient travel to key tourist destinations ahead of the Holiday season.

Mash Poa, operating a fleet of 100+ buses in the bustling city of Mombasa, is a key player in the transportation sector and this partnership emphasizes BuuPass’s commitment to putting customer’s first– anticipating and meeting their needs with tailored solutions that keeps them in control and ensures that they can enjoy hassle-free travel to choice destinations.

With the seamless integration of Mash Poa into the BuuPass platform, long queues and last-minute availability concerns often associated with the Holidays as travel demands soar are firmly a thing of the past, as BuuPass provides real-time information on routes, schedules, and ticket availability, ensuring customers can now effortlessly book Mash Poa bus tickets from the comfort of their homes or while on the move.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Mash Poa to make travel not only convenient but also safe for our customers. We pride ourselves on being attentive to our customers’ needs and delivering on-demand solutions and this collaboration with Mashpoa is another demonstration of that commitment. As we approach the holiday season, travel demands are set to soar, especially to popular destinations such as Mombasa and our partnership with Mash Poa will ensure that our customers have access to a reliable and extensive network of buses.”Sonia Kabra, Co-founder at Buupass, says.

Mash Poa becomes the first among BuuPass’s network of bus operators serving key routes along Nairobi, Mombasa, and Malindi Roads. Mash Poa also operates along Kisumu, Malaba, Kampala and Busia as some of their most popular routes. Customers can now effortlessly book Mashpoa’s services through the BuuPass platform, enjoying the convenience of a user-friendly interface and a diverse range of travel options.

With a focus on safety and efficiency, Mashpoa is positioned as an ideal choice for travelers seeking a secure and comfortable journey. The partnership between BuuPass and Mashpoa not only enhances travel options but also reinforces the commitment to customer satisfaction.

As the holiday season approaches, BuuPass invites travelers to experience the convenience and reliability of booking Mash Poa buses through its platform. With this strategic alliance, BuuPass continues to lead the way in reshaping the travel industry in Kenya, providing innovative solutions that cater to the evolving needs of its customers.

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