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COMESA in drive to harmonise grain standards

Published on August 31, 2015

The Common Market for East and Southern Africa (Comesa) met Friday to kick start the process of harmonizing standards of maize grain across the region, and interpreting the existing standards.

According to Makayi Musaruwa, a trade expert at COMESA, the current variations in the levels of flatoxins and standards between the EAC and SADC translate into trade barriers and must immediately be ironed out.

Musaruwa said a well-functioning regional market requires coordination of sanitary and phytosanitary measures, as well as common product quality standards.

“We are trying to come up with harmonised testing procedures so that traders from the EAC and SADC blocks are not subjected to undue loses and delays stemming from variation of standards,” he said. Read more. Source | Newvision