The Anti- Counterfeit Agency has destroyed counterfeit products worth Shs.7million in Eldoret as it intensifies its war against fake goods in the country.
Trade Principal Secretary, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, who witnessed the destruction, alongside his colleagues, Dr. Belio Kipsang (Education) and Dr. Dinah Mwinzi (Technical and Vocational Training) said counterfeit merchants were denying the government income since they do not pay taxes for the goods.
Dr. Kiptoo said there was need for increased sensitization and awareness on contrabands especially, when farmers are preparing for the planting season.
These cartels dealing in counterfeits are going to take advantage of farmers and may attempt to sell them fake seeds and fertilizer, farmers have to be more careful and alert when purchasing farm inputs including pesticides”, cautioned Dr. Kiptoo.
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services, KEPHIS, Dr. Esther Maina said they were guarding the seed sector against counterfeit products and advised farmers to buy seeds from certified stores to avoid falling prey to the counterfeiters.
The ACA managing director, John Angote, said 600 suspects dealing in contraband goods have been arrested in the last one year.
“Since the inception of the agency, he added contraband goods worth more than Sh. 15 billion have been seized and we shall not relent on the war against counterfeit goods”, he stressed.
The contraband goods according to Angote were seized from various supermarkets, retail and wholesale shops. He said most of the goods were imported into the country by unscrupulous traders while others were intercepted while on transit to South Sudan.
The agency, Angote said, is working in partnership with security agencies, members of the public and various government institutions to combat the vice, which he observed, was destroying the country’s economy.
He said they have rolled out a massive sensitization programmes across the counties on the dangers posed by imported counterfeit goods adding; they have so far trained 100 judicial and 1,000 security officers.