Kenya Lifts Ban On Maize, Govt Awaits Formal Communication

Government is waiting for official communication following reports that Kenya has lifted the ban on importation of maize from Uganda.

Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde yesterday told Daily Monitor, Kenya had not officially communicated in regard to the ban that had been announced last week .

“They informed us but you have to wait for official communication. It is still informal,” she said in a brief interview.

Kenyan media yesterday reported that the country’s Ministry of Agriculture had said the ban had been rescinded but instituted serious measures, among which, will require all maize consignments to be accompanied with a certificate of conformity on aflatoxin levels that are within the acceptable “10 parts per billion”.

It was also reported that all traders and importers must have details of their warehouses.

“While we strive to give Kenyans safe food by addressing the challenge in productions system, we expect our trading partners to trade safe maize as per the EAC standards,” the Kenyan Agriculture Chief Administrative Secretary, Lawrence Angolo, was quoted by Business Daily.

The “10 parts per billion” is the East African standard level of aflatoxins, which is the allowable limit in food commodities, according to Agriculture Minister Vincent Bamulanzeki Ssempija.

“Both Kenya and Uganda need to inspect and certify that the levels of aflatoxins don’t go beyond that limit,” Mr Ssempijja said.

Kenya has lifted the ban after six days in which it has banned importation of maize from Uganda and Tanzania, triggering public concern amid increasing blockades against Uganda’s exports to East Africa’s largest economy.