A few days ago, the Kenyan government through the Ministry of Agriculture announced for the official ban of importation of maize from the neighboring countries of Tanzania and Uganda.
The move was welcomed by Kenyan farmers who felt that the imported maize ‘killed’ the market for the local farmers.
According to the government, maize from the two neighboring East African countries had high levels of Aflatoxin which is harmful to humans health.
Speaking with NTV Kenya on a phone call,the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture John Munya has officially announced the lift of the ban. However, the Mr Munya said that those who would be importing maize will be required to register.
It is however not clear how the registration will lower the level of Aflatoxin on the maize. This means that now local farmers will keep on struggling to find local market which will be flooded with imported maize.
What are your thoughts concerning the latest move by the government to lift the maize importation ban?
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