Munya defends miraa regulations in the face of opposition to Meru
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has criticized those who oppose the new Miraa crop regulations, saying they are politicizing the crop.
Speaking at Ruiri Market in Buuri Sub-County, Meru County, Munya said the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) held meetings with stakeholders and county officials, including the Agriculture Executive, to address the new Miraa regulations before they are published in the Official Gazette.
The SC criticized part of the Meru County leadership for opposing the new regulations saying they were playing politics because when the AFA held the final stakeholder validation meeting the county was represented .
CS Munya said that in the new regulations, farmers in Miraa will not pay any levy contrary to what Governor Kiraitu Murngi says.
Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi objected to the release of the regulations by Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, calling them illegal and unconstitutional.
The governor claimed there was no adequate public participation before the rules were released, adding that some of the provisions would make it expensive for players to do business.
The rules, published in a special notice in the Kenya Gazette on June 9, detail a range of provisions, including those relating to safety when harvesting and packaging the stimulant, levies and licensing.
The Governor of Meru has pledged to seek redress if the ministry does not revoke these new Miraa regulations, saying the regulations have cast a shadow over the hope farmers had for the revival of the sector with the commitment of the Somali government. to lift a two-year ban. on imports of khat from Kenya.
The rules aim to impose a tax of Ksh 30 on every kilo of exported miraa and related products and Ksh 60 per kilo for imports, which will be paid to the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA).
“Any levy imposed under this regulation that remains unpaid will be recovered by the Authority as a civil debt owed to it by the person who paid it,” the regulation states.
“A person who fails or refuses to pay or remit the regulatory levy within the time provided for in this Regulation when so ordered by the Authority in writing, in addition to paying the regulatory levy, shall receive a sum equal to five per cent. cent of the amount added to the amount due for each month or part of a month during which the amount due remains unpaid.
Carriers and vendors will also need permits, although these do not incur any fees.
Vendors will obtain permits after satisfying the authorities that their premises are in designated and properly marked points to be used exclusively for the sale of products.
Premises should not be located less than 100 meters from a school.
Regarding transport, the rules state: “Miraa must not be stored or transported with other products that may contaminate it or affect its quality.
“A vessel used to transport miraa must be built and equipped to ensure that optimum temperatures and sanitation are maintained to prevent damage, contamination and product spoilage.”