Tanzania: Maize Exports to Kenya Yet to Restart - Raises Concerns for Local Traders

Arusha/Dodoma — Maize exports to Kenya from Tanzania have not restarted days after the two countries agreed to lift unnecessary barriers.

Until yesterday there were no trucks loaded with the cereal heading to the border town for clearance into Kenya.

"There are none at the border. The exporters have two weeks to resume business", said Mr Lothi Lemeirut, a trader from Namanga on the phone.

Mr Lemeirut is also a member of the regional chamber of commerce.

He said Tanzanian maize traders could still be buying time as they have two weeks to resume exports as ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

"Maybe we will see maize cargo from next week," he said

During his meeting with President Samia Suluhu Hassan in Nairobi this week, President Kenyatta ordered that stranded lorries with maize from Tanzania be allowed into Kenya.

The cargo had been stopped at the border following the March 5 ban on maize imports from Tanzania over alleged contamination with cancer-causing Aflatoxin.

Speaking during a meeting with cassava stakeholders in Dodoma yesterday,

Tanzanian Minister for Agriculture Prof Adolph Mkenda said he had spoken with Kenya's Minister for Agriculture and Fishery, Peter Munya who informed him that he was on his way to reopen up the border. (Zephania Ubwani and Jonathan Musa)

More From: Citizen

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.