Tough times for Kenyans as charcoal prices hit an all-time high after ban on logging

A bag of charcoal is said to retail for Sh2,500 up from Sh1,500 three weeks ago

A bag of charcoal is currently retailing at Sh2,500 from an average of Sh1,500 three weeks ago, hitting the budgets of low-income households that use the commodity for cooking hard.

Likewise, the price of a four-kilogramme tin of charcoal mostly used by low-income earners has shot up to Sh120 from Sh70 a month ago.

Deputy President William Ruto last month suspended logging in government forests toallow reassessment of the forest cover in the country. He asked the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to look for a lasting solution to the drying of rivers.

Charcoal prices have more than doubled since 2008 amid a decry of continued degradation of key forests like the Mau Complex that has led to a decline in water levels in 12 rivers fed by the forest complex.

The destruction of thousands of hectares of public forests has been attributed to high demand for land and timber.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Top 10 happiest countries in Africa in 2022

Top 10 happiest countries in Africa in 2022

9 most expensive African countries to rent a one bedroom apartment, based on property price to income ratio

9 most expensive African countries to rent a one bedroom apartment, based on property price to income ratio

Here are the top 10 cities in Africa where the most rich people live

Here are the top 10 cities in Africa where the most rich people live

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

These 6 countries have the highest unemployment rates in Africa

These 6 countries have the highest unemployment rates in Africa

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job