Grain farmers set to have expanded East African market

Grain farmers in the country are set to have an expanded East African market after the East Africa Community (EAC) adopted the standards for staple foods, sampling and test methods first gazzeted in 2013. 

The gazette seeks to standardize the grain grading in the region.

The new harmonized is expected to create a formal grain trading structure to promote intra-trade among the east African countries.

Over the years food trade between east African countries has been greatly hampered due to lack of harmonized standards of food stuffs.

To promote intra trade among EAC member states the East Africa community has adopted the standards for staple foods, sampling and test methods fist gazzeted in 2013.

Maize, wheat, rice, beans, soybeans, maize flour, wheat flour, sorghum flour and millet flour were the main products under review for harmonized standardization.

The harmonized standards according to the stakeholders will further reduce the cost of doing business in the region.

The East African grain council says it will conduct frequent regional surveys to review the existing technical gaps and assess grain laboratories to ensure member states conform to the new standards.

Stakeholders in the grain industry urged regional governments to expedite implementation of the new grain standardization systems to minimize the cost of cross border trade.

Trade Principal Secretary urged EAC governments and key stakeholders promote grain diversification to minimize maize demand in the region.


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