Unregistered Irish potato traders in Kenya will have to be very careful from now on. On Wednesday, the Kenyan government announced it has launched a massive crackdown to apprehend unregistered Irish potato dealers countrywide.
Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture has stated that any trader of this crop - whether they are the transporter, trader, warehouser, importer or exporter - who is not registered will either pay a fine of Sh5 million or get three years imprisonment, or both.
"The Irish potato regulations were issued on December 2019 and thus became law. In this regard, there will be a sensitization exercise on June 8, 2021, and thereafter enforcement will start immediately. Be notified therefore that anyone who contravenes the law will be arrested and arraigned in court," read part of the notice.
Also punishable in the list are those found processing a scheduled crop without a license, obstructing crop inspection and improper packaging, storage and grinding.