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Maize farmers face a crisis on East Africa import rules

Published on September 21, 2015

Maize farmers are staring at a crisis, owing to the East African trade protocol that is increasingly allowing import of cheaper maize from Uganda and Tanzania.

Uganda, whose harvesting season started in August, has already imported to Kenya huge quantities of cheaper maize, creating panic among farmers in the North Rift, Kenya’s food basket. The farmers are set to start harvesting in a month, just like those in Tanzania. 

The EAC Protocol allows free movement of goods between East African countries — with the exception of sugar, which Kenya has restricted to protect its industries and farmers.

The protocol also opposes the capping of maize prices by respective governments, in favour of market forces. Kenya, a net importer of maize, has been under pressure to implement the protocol fully. Read more. Source | Daily Nation