Uganda approves ban on Kenyan agricultural products

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda (PHOTO /Courtesy)

The Ugandan cabinet on Monday approved plans to ban certain agricultural products from Kenya.

With the latest development, some raw and processed agricultural products from Kenya will be restricted from Uganda’s domestic market.

The proposal aims to reciprocate Kenya’s continued ban on some farm products from Uganda. The two-year-old proposal has often been opposed by President Yoweri Museveni.

Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda’s minister for East African Affairs says the Ugandan cabinet has directed the ministry of agriculture to identify and list the exact Kenyan products that will be banned by the government.

“We have been too patient. In the past, we have not reciprocated, but now we are going to. This has gone on for too long and within a short time they too will understand what we are going through,” Kadaga warned while addressing the media on Tuesday, as reported by Nation.

Kenya-Uganda Trade Disputes

Kenya on December 27, 2019 blocked the importation of Ugandan milk, particularly the Lato brand, over standard concerns.

In late August 2021, Kenya cut sugar imports from Uganda by 79 percent. As of now, traders are only be allowed to import 18,923 tonnes of sugar from Uganda down from 90,000.

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