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Kenya Urged to Scrap Taxes on Grains After Wheat Prices Jump 58%

  • Corn, wheat prices are up 47%, 58% respectively in past year
  • Groups urge government to scrap import duties on the grains
Wheat prices in Kenya have risen by 58% to 6,000 shillings per 90-kilogram bag.

Wheat prices in Kenya have risen by 58% to 6,000 shillings per 90-kilogram bag.

Photographer: Trevor Snapp/Bloomberg

Eight lobby groups asked the Kenyan government to suspend import duties and other charges on key grains to avert a potentially devastating food crisis after the prices of wheat climbed by more than half in the past year.

Corn has jumped 47% to 4,200 shillings ($36) for a 90-kilogram bag in the year through April after persistent drought and lower cross-border inflows from other East African Community nations. Wheat prices have risen by 58% to 6,000 shillings per 90-kilogram bag, according to a statement by groups including the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Cereal Millers Association, Eastern Africa Grain Council and United Grain Millers Association.