There is growing concern over an influx of cheaper milk and eggs from neighboring Uganda that legislators say is hurting local farmers and traders.
However, when put to task over the issue by the Trade, Industry and Cooperatives departmental Committee of the National Assembly, Trade Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya cited the East African Common Market Protocol that allows free trade.
The East African Community Common Market Protocol provides for “Four Freedoms”, namely the free movement of goods; labor; services; and capital, within member countries. This was meant to significantly boost trade and investments and make the East African Community region more productive and prosperous.
Despite this, a section of legislators have raised a red flag over an influx of cheap eggs and milk from Uganda into Kenya which they say is hurting local farmers and traders.
Members of the Trade, Industry and cooperatives departmental Committee of the National Assembly accused Trade Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya of failing to protect Kenyan farmers and traders.
In response, Munya cited the East African Common Market Protocol that allows the free trade.
Munya further noted that policies need to be reviewed to bring down the cost of electricity and consequently lower the cost of production to make Kenyan goods more competitive.
The concerns come amid plans to modernize and increase capacity of the Kenya Cooperative Creameries to scale up production.