Agency raises concern on increase of fake products in the Country

Written By: Hunja Macharia/Joseph Nyongesa

The Anti Counterfeit Agency has raised alarm over the increased level of fake goods being sold in the Country.

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The agency says 70 percent of goods being imported and sold in the Country are counterfeit with Agriculture and the Manufacturing the most affected sectors.

Speaking in Kitale while launching a multi agency campaign against counterfeit products, Agency’s Chairperson Flora Mutai said despite Agriculture contributing to 40 percent GDP, 20 percent of its goods are counterfeit products sold by unscrupulous traders in the sector.

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She added that the fake goods and products have greatly affected the realization of the Big Four Agenda by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Trade and Industrialization Chief Administrative Secretary Lawrence Karanja warned farmers especially in the North Rift region to be warry of unscrupulous traders and companies selling fake agricultural products that greatly affects productivity.

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He said North rift is one of the most affected regions where farmers get counterfeit products for their farms.

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The Government has now warned traders selling counterfeit goods that they will face the full wrath of the law.

Trans Nzoia County County Commissioner Sam Ojwang said the Government has set up boundary committees along the borders to nab counterfeit goods entering the Country through Uganda.



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