Green grams glut exposes flaws in the local market

Green grams retailing at Sh200 per kilo on the shelves of Naivas Supermarket in Kitui Town. Brokers are buying a kilo from farmers at Sh40. PHOTO | KITAVI MUTUA | NMG

What you need to know:

  • Kenya has been a net importer of green grams from the East African community to cover an annual domestic shortfall.
  • The country has become an attractive market within the EAC for green grams consumption, where cheap imports of the grain easily flow in to cover the deficit.

The green grams glut being experienced by farmers in Kitui, Makueni, Tharaka Nithi and Meru counties has exposed disturbing contradictions on domestic production and demand that result in price manipulation.

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