Kenya seeks new date for trade mission to Uganda to end milk stalemate

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Kenya seeks new date for trade mission to Uganda to end milk stalemate


A new KCC employee at a milk collection center in Nyeri. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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  • The Kenyan delegation was supposed to start the trade mission to Uganda on Monday after Kampala finally released a date.
  • Kenya wants to visit Uganda to ensure that all milk from there is produced by local farmers, following allegations that the commodity is imported from third countries in powdered form.
  • Livestock Principal Secretary Harry Kimtai, who is leading the delegation, said they could not come this week and needed new dates in order to comply with terms of reference that Uganda issued .

Kenya has asked Uganda to set a different date for a trade mission to Kampala after an invitation to attend the talks in the neighboring country was received late.

The Kenyan delegation was supposed to start the trade mission to Uganda on Monday after Kampala finally released a date.

However, the letter that was sent by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Trade was received late, prompting Kenya to seek another date to make room for preparations.

Kenya wants to visit Uganda to ensure that all milk from there is produced by local farmers, following allegations that the commodity is imported from third countries in powder form and reconstituted before being exported to the country. Kenya in fresh form.

Livestock Principal Secretary Harry Kimtai, who is leading the delegation, said they could not come this week and needed new dates in order to comply with terms of reference that Uganda issued .

“I saw the letter today morning and we cannot travel to Uganda this week as we need to establish a list of delegates who will be required to participate in the trade mission, within the terms of reference issued by Uganda. ,” Mr. Kimtai said.

Team leaders will include trade experts, customs officers and food scientists, who will play a key role during the proposed trade negotiations.

Kenya wants to know if Uganda joined the East African Community rules of origin on milk exports from Kampala before resuming normal trade in the product after a 2019 ban.

Mr. Kimtai said that once they authenticate that Uganda can produce surplus milk, which is supplied to Kenya, the matter will be resolved once and for all.

The Kenyan delegation’s meeting in Uganda has been postponed three times over the past year, delaying the resumption of normal dairy trade between the two countries.

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