Local Rice At a Price, Uhuru Costly Order To Schools Effected

Following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive that Kenya National Trading Cooperation( KNTC) should be designated agency to provide bulk Procurement, logistics, and warehousing services to the Government, Kenyans parents will have to dig deep into their pockets.

President Uhuru flagging off a KNTC lorry carrying rice in Mwea. Photo/Statehouse

The 14th January 2020 presidential directive provides that KNTC   supply Kenyan rice and onward selling to Disciplined forces i.e Kenya Defense Forces and Kenya Prisons Service,  Schools, Hospitals amongst public institutions. This amongst Buy Kenya Build Kenya initiatives.

To that effect, Ministry of Education has directed all public boarding schools to buy Rice from the Government’s Agency.

What Does This Means To Schools?

This means that schools will have to expand their budget as Kenyan Rice has always been a bit expensive compared to cheap imports mainly from Pakistan. According to Teachers Update blog schools heads has silently protested the move, as its seen as government way of creating a Rice monopoly not forgetting extra cost could be passed to parents.

KNTC Warehouse

A Secondary School principal who talk to Kenyanvoice on condition that his identity is concealed, expressed his frustration about the move saying they will have to borrow money from other vote heads as they have been directed not to increase school fees. This will have ripple effects on other school programs that rely on school capitation funds.

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The proud beneficiaries from this move are the rice farmers, particularly from Nyanza and Mwea Irrigation scheme, after KNTC signed a deal with Kano irrigation scheme to supply rice to the agency.

“The KNTC has signed framework contracts with Cooperatives from Kàno rice schemes and further Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA). The Corporation’s team visited LBDA on familarization process and discussed how the two institutions could support one another mutually,” KNTC said.