WARE POTATO MARKET PRICES IN MAJOR TOWNS IN THE MONTH OF APRIL

Potato trucks stuck in Elgeyo Marakwet, one of the major potato producing counties. The heavy rains make transport of potato on non-all weather roads very challenging. This lead to reduced supply to the markets and contributes to increased potato prices.

NPCK collects and updates the prevailing ware potato market prices in 5 major towns on its website twice a week.  This information is useful to potato stakeholders particularly farmers and market outlets in their selling and buying decisions respectively. Below is a summary of the market prices in the month of April 2020.

MONTH OF APRIL WARE POTATO PRICES IN MAJOR TOWNS IN KES. PER KG
WEEK DATE Nairobi Kisumu Mombasa Meru Eldoret
1 Thursday

2nd

29 50 46 60 29
Tuesday

7th

31 52 33 60 33
2

 

Thursday

9th

33       48 29 50 34
Tuesday

14th

31 52 37 48 36
3

 

 

Thursday

16th

33 52 39 50 36
Wednesday

22nd

37 52 40 54 39
Saturday

25th

38 54 43 54 36
4

 

 

Tuesday

28th

38 54 40 52 36
Thursday

30th

32 52 36 50 34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The month of April has experienced fluctuations in prices from high to low and high again. The low prices are occasioned by the closure of many fast food joints leading to fewer consumers of potato products. Traders are thus forced to reduce the potato prices so as to enable them dispose off the stock they have to avoid spoilage. On the other hand, the month of April has experienced heavy rainfall in the third and fourth week leading to limited supply of potato to the markets. This explains why the prices have increased in the third week. The Fourth week experienced reduced prices occasioned by many potatoes rotting in the market thus traders had to sell at a lower price.

 

(Photo courtesy of https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001341540/elgeyo-marakwet-farmers-stare-at-losses-as-rains-damage-roads)

 

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