Vegetable shortage hits Kisumu town

A display of tire vegetable garden.Kisumu town is experiencing a shortage of vegetables .Photo/File
A display of tire vegetable garden.Kisumu town is experiencing a shortage of vegetables .Photo/File

Kisumu town is experiencing a shortage of vegetables due to the prolonged dry spell

Traders said the price of a crate of tomatoes has increased to Sh7,000 from Sh3,000-Sh3,500.

“The tomatoes are not even fresh sometimes and they may be small,” said Mary Anyango, who sells vegetables in Jubilee market.

She said traders have to fight for sukuma wiki.

“I used to get sukuma wiki at Sh200 but now the same quantity goes for Sh450,” Anyango said.

Jackson Kimanai, a supervisor at a hotel in Oginga Odinga street, said the high prices of vegetables are reducing their profits.

“We spend a lot of money on vegetable but you can’t increase their prices on the menu because the customers will complain,” Kimanai said.

The dry spell brings a lot of dust and our hotel, being in the open air, gets dusty easily after we clean, he said.

Martin Otieno, who sells fruits in Oginga Odinga Street, said his produce spoil easily in the hot weather.