The Ministry of Education has ordered all schools to buy rice from the Kenya National Trading Corporation, KNTC. This is in line with a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 14th January, 2020. In the directive the President ordered that the Kenya National Trading Corporation should purchase all the excess rice from Kano Plains and Mwea for onward selling to Disciplined forces, Prisons Services and public schools.
Via a circular dated 8 October, 2020, Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang says all schools should comply with the Government policy of Buy Kenya Build Kenya as provided for in Section 155 of the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act of 2015.
“In fulfillment of this Policy, it is brought to your attention that all public primary and secondary boarding schools are advised to comply with the Buy Kenya, Build Kenya as provided by Law by purchasing their rice for consumption from the Kenya National Trading Corporation,” says Dr. Kipsang.
Schools are set to reopen next week; after a long closure as a result of the outbreak of covid19 in the country. Most schools had to dispose their food stuffs to avert loses.
Kipsang says the quality of the rice is fit for consumption by learners.
“The Kenya National Trading Corporation has given its assurances that rice is available to Government procuring entities from KNTC Depots in Nairobi, Kisumu, Eldoret, Wote, Meru, Nakuru, Kitale and Karatina. Additionally, the Corporation is able to service several institutional orders as other orders are being processed.” He assures.
The price per a 50kg bag ranges between Sh5,200 to Sh8,250; depending on its quality.
HERE ARE THE RICE PRICES.