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Kenyan maize farmers lose earnings due to cheap imports

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Kenyan maize farmers lose earnings due to cheap imports

Kenyan farmers are losing out due to maize importsfrom neighboring countries into Kenya through cross-border trade. The majorityof cheap maize is imported from Uganda. Regional Agricultural TradeIntelligence Network (RATIN) estimates that Kenyan traders are importing over1, 500 metric tonnes of maize from Uganda each day, mainly through the Malaba,Busia and Lwakhakha border points in western Kenya. Although the KenyanMinistry of Agriculture set the 26 dollar price per 90kg bag following the glutin Kenya, farmers were expecting at least 33 dollars per bag. "Thegovernment should control cross-border inflows to make maize farming aprofitable venture. Every season things are worsening because farmers areforced to dispose their maize at a loss," said Joseph Kipkoech, a farmerin Uasin Gishu.

Source: globalpost.com