Miraa traders count losses after Somalia ban

September 6, 2016 4:53 pm
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"This is the major market that was left for farmers," he said, "the government should step in urgently because this is now a crisis"/FILE
“This is the major market that was left for farmers,” he said, “the government should step in urgently because this is now a crisis”/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 6 – Kenyan miraa farmers are counting losses after Somalia banned khat from being imported into the country.

Dave Muthuri, the chairman of the Kenya Miraa Farmers and Traders Association on Tuesday said more than 10 tonnes of khat that was ready for export was stuck in Meru and Nairobi.

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  • Dave Muthuri, the chairman of the Kenya Miraa Farmers and Traders Association on Tuesday said more than 10 tonnes of khat that was ready for export was stuck in Meru and Nairobi.
  • "We have more than 40 Land Cruisers with miraa which have not been able to leave Meru, and there is much more miraa in Nairobi that was ready for departure," Muthuri told Capital FM News on telephone.
  • Somalia announced Monday that it had banned miraa exports from Kenya, warning that "any violation on Somali airspace and disregard of the notice will have equal consequences."

“We have more than 40 Land Cruisers with miraa which have not been able to leave Meru, and there is much more miraa in Nairobi that was ready for departure,” Muthuri told Capital FM News on telephone.

Somalia announced Monday that it had banned miraa imports from Kenya, warning that “any violation on Somali airspace and disregard of the notice will have equal consequences.”

No immediate reasons were given.

The miraa association is now appealing to the government to urgently step in and open up the only market that was remaining after the UK issued a similar ban.

“This is the major market that was left for farmers,” he said, “the government should step in urgently because this is now a crisis.”

There Kenyan Government is yet to comment on the matter.

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