Kenya lifts ban on Ugandan poultry products after trade talks in Nairobi
Kenya has agreed to lift the ban on imports of poultry and poultry products from Uganda imposed at the end of the year, the two countries’ agriculture ministers said on Tuesday in a joint statement.
The lifting of the ban, according to a joint statement on the state of bilateral relations between Kenya and Uganda, follows successful trade negotiations held in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, December 21.
The Ugandan delegation was led by Frank Tumwebaze, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries; while Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives led the Kenyan side.
Ms. Betty Maina, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, also attended the meeting.
On trade in poultry and poultry products, the two delegations agreed to immediately remove all administrative measures which have so far hampered trade in poultry and poultry products.
Kenyan authorities this year imposed restrictions on imports of poultry products from Uganda in a bid to protect its interests in the domestic market following the prolonged impact of the Covid-19 pandemic .
Uganda’s per capita egg consumption is 17 eggs per person per year, while the country exports more to Kenya, where Kenya’s population is 55-60 eggs per person per year. Currently, Uganda produces 150,000 trays of eggs per day, 70 percent of which is exported to Kenya.
Kenyan poultry traders have urged their government to lift the ban to allow a high supply of produce in the market.
Following the ban on imports from Uganda, the price of eggs per tray has increased from Sh 300 to between Sh 350 and Sh 450.
Kenya imports poultry products from Uganda worth over Sh 50 million through formal and informal channels.
A similar amount is also imported from South Africa, Israel and other sources.
Since 2019, Kenya has grappled with Uganda over the ban on Ugandan sugar and milk, as well as maize, a violation of the customs union protocol that established the Community’s single market. East Africa, leading to an increase in non-tariff barriers.
At the same time, the two ministers also took note of the circumstances surrounding the recent interception of fish in transit from Kenya to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and agreed that the two countries should put in place a team of key stakeholders, including the fiscal and fisheries authorities to develop a transit mechanism for fish from Lake Turkana in Kenya to the Democratic Republic of the Congo via Uganda.
The two countries have also agreed to work jointly to address the challenges of harvesting immature fish in Lake Victoria.
A joint statement also said that the two delegations took note of the persistence of national levies maintained by the two countries in violation of the EAC customs union protocol.
“Both parties reiterated their commitment to abolish the levies at the April 2021 bilateral trade meeting in Kampala. The ministers have undertaken to abolish the levies immediately and in any case no later than July 1, 2022 ”, noted the State.
Ministers agreed to continue to cooperate on issues related to the sugar trade, including streamlining the issuance of import permits.
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