Kenya: Small farmers sue government over UK trade pact

Kenya small farmers have sued their government, seeking to bar it from entering into a trade pact with the UK. They want public participation in relation to the pact be conducted at a grassroots level so that everyone's views are honored.

The agreement among other things reduces tariffs on imports of products such as maize for a period of 25 years. According to the farmers, the deal will hurt them as their products will have to compete with those from UK.

Last week the government said Kenya's Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the UK has specific provisions protecting the local market from unfair competition from UK producers. The pact, which remains open to other regional states, seeks to have customs duties applicable to products originating in the UK into the EAC partner states progressively abolished. This move could raise the question of unfair competition.


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