Kenya and Uganda ease trade dispute

Kenya has averted the ban on the export of its agricultural produce to Uganda after its government agreed to lift the restrictions on imports of poultry products its neighbor. A bilateral meeting held in Nairobi on Monday by Kenya’s Agriculture Cabinet secretary Peter Munya and his Ugandan counterpart Frank Tumwebaze agreed to ease the trade stand-off. The meeting was held to strengthen Kenya-Uganda bilateral ties following a frosty relationship between the two countries.

Kenya has in the last year banned the exports of poultry and dairy products from Uganda, straining the relationship between the two countries. The talks come just a week after Uganda threatened to ban some of Kenya’s raw and processed agricultural produce exported to the landlocked nation.

Key agricultural exports to Uganda from Kenya include palm oil at Sh7.2 billion last year, sorghum (Sh1.4 billion), vegetables (Sh311 million) and legumes (Sh200 million).


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