Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

The government has asked Kenyans to “resist” anyone selling a kilogramme of sugar at more than Sh120.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett on Wednesday claimed both imported and locally produced sugar should not cost more than Sh5,500 per 50kg bag, chiding traders for making abnormal profits.

“We are taking drastic measures, the millers in the country have reduced the price of 50 kilogramme bag of sugar to Sh5,500, and imported sugar is Sh5,200.

“Anybody selling sugar beyond Sh120 per kilogramme should be resisted by the consumers and we are going to take drastic action,” said the CS.

Mr Bett, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Ministerial Conference on Agriculture and Nutrition Data at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), refused to elaborate on the exact action traders would face if found selling sugar beyond this limit.

SATISFY DEMAND

Sugar, which is an essential household food item, has recently soared in prices, a situation blamed on cartels hoarding the commodity from the market.

Consumers have had to pay up to Sh170 a kilo while some supermarkets have gone on to limit purchases to four kilogrammes per person.

Kenya’s millers often produce 520,000 metric tonnes of sugar every year and have to import more to satisfy the demand of 800,000 metric tonnes.

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