NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Maize imports from Uganda and Tanzania into Kenya
are on the rise as prices increase in the East Africa nation
following imposition of value added tax on fuel products.
Traders in search of
cheaper commodities are currently importing up to 1,000 tonnes
of dry maize a day, up from nil imports in August, latest data
from the East Africa Grain Council released on Wednesday shows.
The data indicates
that since the start of the month, the traders have upped the
importation of maize especially from Uganda through the Busia
and Malaba border points.
On Tuesday, imports
from Uganda through Busia border point stood at 922 tonnes while
from through Malaba traders shipped in 5 tonnes.
through Busia stood at 702 tonnes, Lwakhakha 5 tonnes and
Isebania on the Tanzanian side 11 tonnes.
The tax imposed on
fuel products in Kenya has pushed up prices of various
commodities, with maize millers raising prices of their
commodities by 0.05 dollars per 2kg packet. A 90kg bag of maize
currently goes for 30 dollars, up from an average of 25 dollars.
Kenya is a maize
deficit country, with the East African nation requiring at least
4 million bags of maize per month, according to the Ministry of
However, as imports
rise, farmers are a worried lot as the cheap maize from Uganda
and Tanzania may price them out of the market.
currently harvesting their produce and because of the high tax,
it may be hard to compete with the maize from Uganda. This would
certainly affect many farmers,” said Bernard Moina, an
agricultural officer in western Kenya.