East Africa Regional Grain Trade Analysis for the Week Ending 20th July 2018

The Week’s Market Analysis

  • Kenya continues to import a lot of maize and beans from Uganda, despite reports of the country having a lot of food. The price of beans has drastically fallen, with yellow beans retailing at a record low Ksh78($0.77)/kg.
  • Most farmers are holding on to their crops choosing not to sell, because they have plenty of food, and with school about to close, it is expected that the prices of the most commodities will continue to drop, as Uganda continues exporting maize and beans to Kenya.
  • Tanzania increased its maize (467MT) and sorghum (400MT) exports to Kenya.

The Week’s Market Prices for Select Markets

Table 1- Market Prices for Select Markets in the East Africa Region for the Week Ending 20th July  2018, US$1=Ksh100.70

The Week’s Market Opportunities

Betta Grains continues to receive various request to buy and sell commodities.  Below is a table listing some of our clients request to find buyers and sellers.  Kindly visit our eDuka page https://www.bettagrains.com/?page_id=1236 for a more up to date list.

Author; Fostina Mani, Betta Grains. Fostina.Mani@bettagrains.com, Twitter: @FostinaMani.

 Acknowledgment:  The data used for the analysis has been obtained from; IAM, Government of Kenya, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries, Government of Tanzania, Ministry of Trade and Industry, EAGC, RATIN, Farm Gain Uganda, FEWS NET,  & Betta Grains. 

 Disclaimer. Due to unavailable of data on various border points on formal cross-border trade flows and volumes in the public arena.  The volumes indicated above are mostly from the informal cross-border data that is available to the public.  The purpose of the analysis, is simply to provide an indication of the East Africa Regional Trade flow to SMEs, Smallholder Farmers, and Other Stakeholders in a manner and language that is applicable, simple, and makes sense. Those desiring to obtain actual trade volumes are advised to contact various internationally funded government projects that have been mandated to provide the regional trade data for public good.

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