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Traders hike vegetable prices as supply decreases

Dennis Chacha
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A trader displays cabbage, tomatoes and omena at her place of work. Traders have hiked vegetable prices as supply decreases in Kisii. [Photo/Dennis Chacha.]

Traders in Kisii have hiked foodstuff prices following decreased supply.

According to the traders, the number of suppliers has dropped leading to the hike in prices to meet increased demand.

Jane Mokaya, a vegetable seller at Daraja Mbili market on Thursday evening said daily sales have dropped because most customers have boycotted buying cabbage and Sukuma wiki due to the increased prices.

“In the past few weeks, we hiked prices of Sukuma wiki and cabbage following an increased demand but this has led to low sales recorded because most customers now prefer omena,” she said.   

She said four sukuma wiki leaved retails at Sh10 and cabbage is retailing at Sh60 unlike in the past where over 10 leaves of Sukuma wiki was retailing at Sh10 and cabbage Sh30.

A customer Hyline Mogabo said the traders have exploited prices abnormally.

“Until the traders reduce the prices is when we will start buying but for now omena is the priority to many,” she said.

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