Legislators decry cheap eggs and milk imports from Uganda

Written By: Regina Manyara
1017

CS Hon. Peter Munya attending the retreat for the National Assembly's departmental committee on Trade, Industry, and Cooperatives to apprise the honourable members on policy and budget implementation status for the year 2017/2018 and 2018/2019.
KBC-survey-feedback-poster

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.

Also Read  Gov’t releases two million bags of maize to millers

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.

Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 22163

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.

Also Read  NIC Bank signs Loan Portfolio Guarantee with African Guarantee Fund

In response, Munya cited the East African Common Market Protocol that allows the free trade.

Also Read  Kenol-Kobil delisted from Nairobi Securities Exchange

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.

KBC-You-tube-728x90-New-2

Tell Us What You Think