Russia drought to turn fortunes of Kenyan wheat farmer

A self-propelled combine harvester on a field near a village of Meshcherskoye, Moscow on August 15, 2010. A drought and heatwave in Russia is sending ripples across the world and Kenya could just make something out of it.AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV

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Wheat prices expected to rise

“This, coupled with wheat stem rust in some parts of the world, will push our prices up internationally, though they will spill over to Kenya slowly.” Hugo Wood, Cereal Growers Association

“The price of bread is likely to go up in the coming weeks, due to the Russian situation, high import duty and hoarding of wheat by farmers.” Diamond Lalji, National Millers Association

A devastating drought in Russia, which is the world’s fourth largest exporter of wheat after the US, the European Union and Canada, could change the fortunes of the Kenyan wheat farmer for the better.

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