NAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 – The subsidized maize flour promised by the Government yesterday has started retailing in select supermarkets in Nairobi.
A spot check by Capital FM confirms that some supermarkets in Nairobi CBD such as Tuskys and Naivas are selling the Sh90 2Kg maize flour.
At Tuskys Supermarket, buyers are limited to buy only two packets of maize flour.
As of this afternoon, the supermarket chain is only selling one brand of unga – soko – with an attendant at the supermarket revealing that more brands, which include Jogoo, Kifaru and Pembe, will be available for purchase at the same price before the end of the day.
Meanwhile, Nakumatt has confirmed receiving a consignment of the subsidized flour.
“We have received the Sh90 GoK subsidized maize flour at our central warehouse. We are working towards making it available in all branches,” @Nakumatt tweeted.
The Government and maize millers yesterday announced a subsidy programme aimed at bringing down the cost of flour from a high of Sh160 for a 2 Kg bag of maize flour.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said the government will use Sh6 billion on this subsidy program that will see millers access 90kg of maize at Sh2,300 from Sh4,600.
Bett says the move is a temporary intervention that will continue until stock normalise in about four to five months when the harvest of the long rains gets in.