A kilo of chilies which was selling at Ksh 32 in Kongowea market in Mombasa back in January is now selling at Ksh 83, a 152% price surge. In Kisumu and Eldoret markets, chili prices rose by 47% and 40% respectively. Their prices are currently averaging at Ksh 66 and Ksh 67 per kg respectively.
"Chilies in Kisumu market come from Nandi hills, Busia Kano and Kajulu in Kisumu East. They have greatly reduced in the market as they are off-season. Only one trader had chilies in the market today and they were going at Ksh 100/- kg from Busia." data collector from Kisumu reported yesterday.
In Eldoret, the main suppliers of chilies are Mt Elgon region, Bungoma and Marakwet. Farmers are currently preparing their gardens ready for long rains planting season.
In Nairobi, chili wholesale prices have been fluctuating within a range of Ksh 48 to Ksh 55 per kg. Traders in Wakulima are recording over 50% returns following the current shortage. The retailers, after buying at Ksh 55 from early morning wholesalers, later retail the same chilies at Ksh 90 to Ksh 100 per kg. Chili demand is sufficient with most of the retailers clearing their daily stock by 11:00 am (EAT).
Prices are expected to continue rising due to limited supply in most of the towns as farmers begin to plant along side this long rain season which has just started.