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.

KY-PishoriKenya 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 retails at Ksh280($1.96)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh273($1.91)/kg; Ksh13,650($95.68)/50kg Bag.

The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture reports 50kg bags prices of Homa Bay – Mbita Ksh6,000($48.65), Kajiado Ksh9,000($72.97), Kerugoya Ksh9,000($72.97), Kirinyaga – Kutus Ksh8,500($68.92), Kisumu – Ahero Ksh9,500($77.02), Kisumu – Katito Ksh7,500($60.81), Machakos – Athi River, Ksh9,250($75), Machakos -Tala Ksh9,000($72.97), Mandera ksh6,000($48.65), Migori Ksh5,200($42.16), Nairobi – Kangemi Ksh8,500($68.92), Nairobi – Kawangware Ksh11,000($89.18), Nakuru – Ksh6,800($55.13), Nyandaru Ksh4,900($39.73), Nyeri Ksh10,000($81.08), Siaya – Aram Ksh6,000($48.65), Siaya – Bondo Ksh4,850($39.32), Siaya- Ugunja Ksh10,000($81.08), Tharaka Nithi Ksh5,000($40.54), Uasin Gishu – Eldoret Ksh9,500($77.02), West Pokot Ksh5,000($40.54). 

Uganda’s wholesale prices, Lira, Ksh82.64($0.67)/kg. Tanzania, Songea,  Ksh71.54($0.58)/kg, Iringa Ksh71.54($0.58), Tunduma, Ksh66.60($0.54), Arusha, Ksh71.54($0.58)/kg, Iringa, Ksh71.54($0.58)/kg. Rwanda, Kimironko,  Ksh96.21($0.78)/kg, Rubavu, Ksh91.27($0.74)/kg, Mulindi, Ksh86.34($0.70)/kg Ruhengeri, Ksh86.34($0.70)/Kg, Kamembe, Ksh83.87($0.68)/kg. Burundi, Bujumbura, Ksh94.97($0.77).


TZ PishoriTanzania Kilombero rice;  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. Tanzanians have a preference for their local rice over imported.   Retail price of Ksh247($1.73)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh234($1.64)/kg, Ksh11,700($82.01)/50kg Bag. 

TANZANIA reports the following wholesale prices/kg for Rice Arusha Ksh71.54 ($0.58),  Dar Ksh90.04($0.73), Dodoma Ksh75.24($0.61), Bukoba Ksh71.54($0.58), Babati Ksh85.10($0.69), Morogoro Ksh69.07($0.56), Mpanda Ksh44.40($0.36), Mtwara Ksh76.47($0.62), Musoma Ksh51.80($0.42), Kagera Ksh92($0.75), Iringa Ksh85.10($0.69), Lindi Ksh96($0.78), Manyara Ksh112($0.91), Mwanza Ksh89($0.72), Tobora Ksh76.47($0.62), Tanga Ksh81.40($0.66).


Biryani-Sidano Rice

Biryani  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.   Biryani retails at Ksh163($1.14)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh156($1.09)/kg,  Ksh3,900($27.34)/25kg Bag.    Sidano Rice is very similar to Biryani rice, however it a much slender / thin grain .  Sidano retails at Ksh163($1.14)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh156($1.09)/kg; Ksh3,900($27.34)/25kg Bag

The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture reports 50kg bags prices at Garisaa Ksh5,000($40.54),  Kitengela Ksh6,500($52.70), Kirinyaga Ksh6,500($52.70),  Kisii Ksh4,110 ($33.32), Kisumu Ksh7,500($60.81),  Laikipia Ksh4,700($38.11), Machakos Ksh7,000($56.75), Mandera -Elwak Ksh4,500($36.48), Mandera -Rhamu Ksh6,400($51.89), Meru ksh6,000($48.65), Nakuru Ksh5,800($47.02), Nyeri Ksh7,000($56.75), Siaya – Aram ksh7,600($61.62), Vihiga ksh5,500($44.59), Taita Taveta-Chumvini Ksh5,800($47.02), Trans Nzoia -Kitale Ksh5,800($47.02).  Burundi wholesale prices, Ngozi, Ksh140($1.14)/kg, Bujumbura, Ksh134($1.09), Ngozi, Ksh139($1.13)/kg, Kobero, Ksh129($1.05)/kg.  Kenya, Nakuru, Ksh82($0.66)/kg, and Rwanda, Kimironko, Ksh93($0.75)/kg, and Uganda, Lira, Ksh58($0.47)/kg, Kampala Ksh72($0.58), Gulu Ksh81($0.66), Masindi Ksh81($0.66), Kabale Ksh92($0.75). 

Super Sindano RiceSuper Sidano is a very slim long grain rice imported from Pakistan and India. The rice is Grade 1, and extremely popular for making pilau with clients who are not sure how much water to add to the pilau, because of its ability to not cake easily,  how much water is used to boil it.  Its a very tasty non aromatic rice.  Super Sidano grain is much more slender than the Sidano rice grain.      Super Sidano Retails at ksh135($0.99)/kg; Wholesale price Ksh130($0.96)/kg, Ksh3,250($23.90)/25kg bag. 

Uganda – Farm Gain reports;  Owino Ksh157.11($1.08), Kisenyi Ksh157.11($1.08), Nakawe Ksh157.11($1.08), Kalerwe Ksh157.11($1.08), Arua ksh176.75($1.22), Kabale Ksh196.39($1.35), Kiboga Ksh168.89($1.16), Lira Ksh157.11($1.08), Masindi Ksh157.11($1.08), Mubende Ksh157.11($1.08), Mbale Ksh 157.11($1.08), Gulu Ksh180.68($1.24), Masaka Ksh176.75($1.22), Soroti Ksh168.89($1.16), Iganga ksh157.11($1.08), Tororo Ksh157.11($1.08), Mbarara Ksh149.25($1.03),  Kyankwanzi Ksh176.75($1.22), Kamwenge ksh157.11($1.08), Bugiri Ksh157.11($1.08), Kyenjonjo Ksh157.11($1.08), Kabarole Ksh157.11($1.08), Kyegegwa Ksh157.11($1.08), Rukiga Ksh196.39($1.35)


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 Parboil Retails at ksh273($1.91)/kg; Wholesale price Ksh260($1.82)/kg, Ksh6,500($45.56)/25kg bag. Tanzanians have a preference for their local rice over imported.


Basmati Rice

5 Star Basmati;  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. 5 Star Basmati, Retails at Ksh156($1.09)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh143($1.00)/kg;   Ksh3,575($25.06)/25kg Bag;  The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture does not report the market price.


Thai Parboil; The rice is non-aromatic and imported from Thailand.  The rice because of its increased grain size 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 Ksh195($1.37)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh156($1.09)/kg; Ksh3,900($27.34)/25kg Bag;  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 Ksh221($1.55)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh208($1.46)/kg; Ksh5,200($36.45)/25kg Bag; The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture does not report the market price.


Hola Pishori Rice;   Hola Pishori is an aromatic rice variety mostly found on the East Africa cost of Kenya and Tanzania. The rice is an all time favorite for Mombasa residents and Tanzanians living in Nairobi . Hola Pishori retails at Ksh234($1.64)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh221($1.55)/kg; Ksh11,050($77.46)/50kg Bag; Tanzania wholesale prices/kilogram, Arusha Ksh102 ($0.83),  Dodoma Ksh109($0.88), Kagera Ksh92($0.75), Iringa Ksh87($0.71), Lindi Ksh96($0.78), Manyara Ksh112($0.91), Morogoro Ksh112($0.91), Mtwara Ksh102($0.88), Mwanza Ksh89($0.72), Tobora Ksh96($0.78).


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 Ksh280($1.96)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh273($1.91)/kg; Ksh13,650($95.68)/50kg BagThe Kenya Ministry of Agriculture does not report the market price.


Broken Rice; Broken rice is can be used for making rice porridge, however it is mostly used to enrich animal feeds.  From dogs to livestock feeds.  Broken rice retails at Ksh108($0.79)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh104($0.76)/kg,  Ksh2,600 ($19.12)/25kg Bag.


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