Kenya’s food imports bill rises fastest in four years
Tuesday January 11 2022
Maize produce in a store in Uasin Gishu on March 11, 2020. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NMG
By JOHN MUTUA
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- The latest data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows that the food import bill rose 21 percent to Sh155.42 billion from Sh128.06 billion in 2020.
- Last year’s food import bill was Sh22.82 billion more than the amount spent in the first nine months of 2017 when a biting drought hurt crop and fodder production.
- The data shows that food imports for industrial use rose to Sh31.66 billion last September from Sh21.87 billion in January.
Kenya’s food imports’ bill in the first nine months grew fastest since 2017 driven by a rise in the food products shipped by…