Kenya Lifts Ban On Maize Importation From Uganda And Tanzania
Kenya has lifted the ban on the importation of maize from Uganda and Tanzania but with strict rules on importers.
Kenya has lifted the ban with new regulations such as maize importers will have to be registered with the government and also make open the details of their warehouses and the maize imports must be accompanied with a certificate of conformity on aflatoxin levels.
Agriculture Chief Administrative Secretary Lawrence Angolo stated that they are striving to give Kenya safe food by addressing the challenge in the production system and thus we equally expect our trading partners to trade safe maize as per the East African Community(EAC) standards.
Traders will also be required to have a certificate of origin from their countries before they get clearance at the border points which aims at ensuring that the maize imported does not contain cancer-causing aflatoxin. The standard aflatoxin levels are 10 parts per billion hence maize imported should not exceed the standard.
This declaration comes a week after Kenya banned maize from Uganda over high aflatoxin levels initiating a trade war between the two countries.