Government is working to combat high cost of living say Ruto

President William Ruto has acknowledged the high cost of living in the country and reassured citizens that his government is taking steps to address the issue.

In a recent roundtable with journalists at State House in Nairobi, Ruto highlighted the government’s efforts to reduce the cost of food, including revoking maize subsidies, importing 1.5 million bags of fertilizers, and stopping cartels and brokers that inflate prices.

Ruto also announced plans to import over 10 million bags of maize and make use of public land to produce food.

“We must work methodically to solve the current high cost of food. It will take time to revert this crisis of a packet of maize flour costing KES 230,” he said.

The president’s comments come as Kenya’s inflation rate has fallen to 9.1% in December, according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS).

This decrease, the second consecutive monthly decline since February 2022, is largely due to rising prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages, transport, housing, and utilities such as water, electricity, gas, and other fuels.

In response to the inflation, the country’s central bank increased its benchmark lending rate by half a point to 8.75% last month, signaling the possibility of further tightening measures.

The current account deficit also increased by 5.5% in the third quarter of 2022, reaching KES 193.4 billion.

The high cost of living in Kenya has been exacerbated by the worst drought in four decades, which has led to a jump in basic commodity costs.

Ruto assured farmers that the government will provide subsidized fertilizers and seeds during the main planting season and urged extension officers and chiefs to register all farmers so that demand can be accurately assessed.

“I want to promise all farmers that in the main planting season, fertilizer will be available at a subsidized price and seeds will be available. We will also make use of all public land to produce food,” Ruto said. “We are importing over 10 million bags of maize to supplement our produce.”



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