Kenya enjoys a selection of both local and imported rice. The locally produced rice is grown in Mwea, Kenya. A big percentage of rice is imported mainly from Pakistan and India. The Tanzania Pishori rice is also imported into the country.
Kenya Pishori; An aromatic and most popular local rice variety especially for household consumption amongst the middle class, and therefore porn to numerous market tricks especially, mixing the rice with cheaper variety in order to earn brokers a quick buck. Betta Grains is a credible and reputed as a trusted retailer 100% pure Kenya Pishori rice. Kenya Pishori Rice Retail price of Khs160($1.60)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh150($1.50)/kg; Ksh7,500($75)/50kg Bag; RATIN reports the following prices; Kenya, Mombasa Ksh130($1.30)/kg, Nairobi, Ksh138($1.38)/kg, Uganda, Masindi, Ksh90($0.90)/kg, Tanzania, Iringa, Ksh64($0.64)/kg, RW, Kamembe, Ksh85($0.85)/kg.
Tanzania Pishori; A very aromatic rice, mostly popular for it’s strong aroma. Pre-cooking sorting is a challenge because of tiny white stones which makes it difficult to separate the broken rice. The rice also requires a lot of attention in cooking, as it tends to cake. It should be cooked in low heat at 1.5 part water instead of 2 part water ratio to rice as in the other variety. Retail price of Ksh100($1.00)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh95($0.95)/kg; Ksh4,750($47.5)/50kg Bag. RATIN reports the following retail prices for Mbeya Rice in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam Ksh86($0.86)/kg, Iringa Ksh77($0.77)/kg.
Sidano or Biryani Rice; A non-aromatic and imported popular rice variety especially for the budget conscious households. When cooked the rice separates easily, another reason for it’s popularity. Being a popular rice it has also become prone to being mixed with other cheaper variety. Sidano/Biryani Rice retails at Ksh94($0.94)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh86($0.86)/kg; Ksh2,150($21.5)/25kg Bag. RATIN reports the following wholesale prices Burundi, Ngozi, Ksh135($1.35)/kg, Burundi, Bujumbura, Ksh130($1.30), Kenya, Mombasa, Ksh75($0.75)/kg, and Rwanda, Ruhuha, Ksh85($0.85)/kg, and Uganda, Owino, Ksh87($0.87)/kg.
Super Basmati Parboil is imported rice Pakistan, its Grade 1 Long grain milled rice. It’s an extremely popular variety with the Somalia community in Nairobi. It’s popularity is mostly due to it’s inability to cake no matter how much water is used to boil it, its a very tasty non aromatic rice. Super Basmati Retails at ksh150($1.50)/kg; Wholesale price Ksh144($1.44)/kg, Ksh3,600($36)/25kg bag. Tanzanians have a preference for their local rice over imported.
Basmati 5Star; A non-aromatic and imported popular rice variety especially for the low income households, and schools. The rice is popular for it’s pocket friendly price, however the rice tends to easily cake. Basmati 5Star Retails at Ksh84($0.84)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh78($0.78)/kg; Ksh1,950($19.50)/25kg Bag; The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture does not report the market price.
Thai Par-Boil; The rice is non-aromatic and imported from Thailand. The rice because of its increased volume when cooked, is a favorite among low income households. Mother’s also like it because its big grains gives a comfortable eat especially for small children thereby making it very filling in comparison to other rice varieties. Par-boil retails at Ksh100($1.00)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh90($0.90)/kg; Ksh2,250($22.50)/25kg Bag; Indian Par-Boil is currently not in stock; The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture does not report the market price.
Golden Basmati Parboil; The rice is non-aromatic and imported from India, Parkistan. The grain is slightly bigger than the Super Basmatic parboil. The parboil rice is normally boiled with the husks before it is milled. Golden Basmati is a popular pilau rice. Golden Basmati Parboil retails at Ksh130($1.30)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh120($1.20)/kg; Ksh3,000($30)/25kg Bag; The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture does not report the market price.
Brown Rice; Our brown rice is aromatic, it is the Kenya Pishori variety that is high in fiber and highly recommended for Diabetic individual or anyone desiring a high fiber rice. Brown Rice retails at Ksh180($1.80)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh170($1.70)/kg; Ksh8,500($85)/50kg Bag; The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture does not report the market price.
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