Kenya: Tomato prices more than double as Tanzania stops exports

Traders and locals in Kenya’s Kajiado county are upset, as tomato prices rose by more than 50% in just a month.

According to these traders, the acute shortage of tomatoes was the result of the Kenya-Tanzania stalemate after the Jubilee government banned the importation of maize from the latter nation due to “high level of aflatoxins”.

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Tanzania exports tons of tomatoes to Kenya every day but has been withholding its produce as a reprisal to Kenya’s ban on its maize.

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One Kenyan trader businessman said the situation was even worse with the closure of hotels and restaurants that buy tomatoes in bulk.

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“I plead the government to open hotels so that we can get customers for our tomatoes,” he said.


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