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More trouble for Uganda as Kenya adds poultry exports to its blacklist

Ugandan businesses are stopped at the Kenyan border with their poultry and poultry products (PHOTO/Courtesy).

As Uganda still negotiates for the approval of its maize products on the Kenyan market, another embargo on poultry and eggs has been imposed today as Nairobi continues to initiate an economic war on Kampala.

Ugandan businesses are stopped at the Kenyan border with their poultry and poultry products, with officials citing bid to allow local farmers recover from COVID-19 economic fallout.

This comes after the country recently banned importation of poultry and beef products from within and beyond East Africa. Kenya had hid in the pretext of securing the immunity of its local farmers.

The East Africa’s biggest economy stopped all chicken, meat and egg imports on the pretext that it needed to support its “producers to recover from disruptions in their livestock enterprises occasioned by Covid-19”.

“We have instructions to suspend importation of frozen chicken carcases and cuts and chicken table eggs for human consumption. This is to instruct you to suspend further approval of the said importation by issuance of import veterinary certification until further notice,” Dr Obadiah N Njangi, the Director of Veterinary Services, wrote in a memo, in which he notified all heads of veterinary services, officers in charge and ports of entry to implement the instructions without exception.

This contravenes East African Community rules, which provide for the free movement of goods and services within the region.

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