Ordinary Kenyans are feeling the heat after cooking oil prices tripled in the past twenty-four (24) months something that had triggered Kenyans on Twitter and other Social Media platforms to call for lower food prices under a hashtag #LowerFoodPrices.
Buying cooking oils has become a luxury and this is happening at the time when our chubby and fat politicians are assembling themselves in the useless self-centred political shells with an aim to cut a wide swathe and votes.
Last week, edible oils subsector chairman, Abdulghani Alwojih was quoted by the Business Daily stating that manufacturers of cooking oil were now buying palm oil, the main raw material at between Sh200,534 per metric tonne and Sh225,522, this he said was after the escalation of the Ukraine-Russia war.
But why is the Kenyan government-which has been boasting internationally that Agriculture is the country’s backbone- importing Ukrainian palm oils that can be grown and processed locally?
- Develop and maintain a database on the Nuts and Oil Crops subsector and provide market information to the value chain players;
- Conduct market analysis on trends and opportunities in order to develop appropriate marketing and product development strategies for the Nuts & Oil Crops commodities;
- Capacity building value chain players (manufacturers, traders, agents and other stakeholders) to take advantage of market requirements
- Provide trade promotional services in local and international markets by creating linkages between manufacturers and buyers.
- Facilitate value addition and product development in the nuts and oil crops subsector.
For instance, FMCG are calling for the scrapping of the 3 percent railway development levy (RDL) and import declaration fee (IDF).
Mr Alwojih also stated that not only scrapping of the 3 percent RDL and IDF but also the ERC and EPRA need to review the cost of fuel and electricity among other possible interventions.
While politicians are thinking only on who to bring on their side to win elections – or rig in whose favour- it now costs twice as much to buy a litre of cooking oil compared to petrol!
This needs to change, people feeding on the backs of ordinary Kenyans needs to stop this nonsense.
In Kenya, each and every sector there is a parastatal/agency stumbling block. All these meaningless folks suffocating Kenyans with regulations, levies and/or bribes.
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