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 Khs163($1.63)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh158($1.58)/kg; Ksh7,900($79)/50kg Bag; RATIN reports the following prices/kg; Kenya, Mombasa Ksh140($1.40), Nairobi, Ksh160($1.60)/kg, Uganda, Masindi, Ksh107($1.07)/kg, Tanzania, Iringa, Ksh73($0.73)/kg, RW, Kamembe, Ksh85($0.85)/kg, Burundi, Gitega, Ksh91($0.91), Tanzania, Iringa Ksh73($0.73), Tunduma, Ksh65($0.65).
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 Ksh133($1.33)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh123($1.23)/kg; Ksh6,150($61.5)/50kg Bag. RATIN reports the following retail prices/kg for Mbeya Rice in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam Ksh108($1.08)/kg, Iringa Ksh86($0.86)/kg, Morogoro Rice, in Dar es Salaam Ksh104($1.04). AHCK reports, Malawi, Lilongwe, Ksh79($0.79)/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 Ksh91($0.91)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh87($0.87)/kg; Ksh2,175($21.7)/25kg Bag. RATIN reports the following wholesale prices/kg Burundi, Ngozi, Ksh138($1.38)/kg, Burundi, Bujumbura, Ksh138($1.38), Kenya, Mombasa, Ksh85($0.85)/kg, and Rwanda, Kimironko, Ksh134($1.34)/kg, and Uganda, Owino, Ksh107($1.07)/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 ksh153($1.53)/kg; Wholesale price Ksh147($1.47)/kg, Ksh3,675($36.7)/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 Ksh83($0.83)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh79($0.79)/kg; Ksh1,975($19.75)/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 Ksh103($1.03)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh95($0.95)/kg; Ksh2,375($23.75)/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 Ksh123($1.23)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh117($1.17)/kg; Ksh2,925($29.25)/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 Ksh183($1.83)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh173($1.73)/kg; Ksh8,650($86.5)/50kg Bag; The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture does not report the market price.
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