Relief for Kenyans as milk prices finally drop

Price cuts to take effect immediately across all retail stores followed by supermarkets on June 1st.

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Kenyans will now buy a half-litre packet of milk at a much lesser price effective Tuesday.

The New Kenya Co-operative Creameries (KCC) has announced a Sh10 price cut per 500ml packet of milk.

The price reduction is a result of a gradualincrease in raw milk supply, with the onset of rains as well as importation of duty-free milk powder to help bridge the raw milk shortage.

“For the last six-months, the raw milk supply dropped by 50 per cent due to drought. This situation necessitated increment in the milk producer prices from Sh33 to Sh43 -- pushing the consumer prices up,” noted the New KCC MD Nixon Sigey.

The price cuts will be effected immediately across all retail stores while supermarket retails chains will take an average of three days to adjust them.

There has been an outcry from consumers with regards to the high milk prices in the past few months where an average 500ml packet of milk shot from Sh45 in January to Sh70 in May.

The recent drought was one of the contributing factors to the high steep prices with volumes of dairy milk hitting an all new low, having dropped by more than 50 per cent in the last three months.

Treasury CS had earlier removed duty on powdered milk to allow importation of 9,000 tonnes of product to ease the shortage and tame further rises in price.

The change in prices of the commodity is now expected to help ease inflation that has recently made the cost of living for the Kenyan citizen unbearable.

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