The Agriculture Food Authority has announced that the first batch of of Miraa will leave the country for Somalia on Sunday June 24th.
Traders have welcomed the reopening of the Somali market with joy but had earlier called on the Government to fast-track the issuance of export as per the regulations.
Kenyan miraa farmers and traders have been out of Somalia market for the last two years after r Mogadishu suspended Khat imports in March 20202 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Things changed for the better after president Uhuru Kenyatta and Hassan Muhamud made an agreement to restore political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries.
‘’Agriculture CS Peter Munya confirmed the 22 traders who have been approved by AFA will receive their export licenses and the farmers should expect to export their first crop before the end of the week,’’ AFA said.
Agriculture and Food Authority(AFA) is a facility that revitalizes and expands the horticulture export business by improving market access therefore cementing Kenyan’s positions. According to AFA the food authority, miraa traders, airlines and Somali government is ready to trade.
Traders found trafficking miraa into Somali without cohering to the required permits may end up behind bares for three years and also pay a fine of over ksh 5 million.