To protect local processors and farmers from excess output and poor prices in preparation for the prolonged rains, Kenya has placed an indefinite ban on the importation of milk powder.
The need for imports should decrease as a result of the wet season’s predicted improvements to fodder output and notable increases in local milk production.
Before lifting the restriction, the Kenya Dairy Board stated that it would continue to study the dynamics of the commodity’s production and demand. The board has also stopped issuing import licences. The decision will probably increase the price of milk powder even if it may give farmers more pay.
The ban is thought to violate the East Africa Community (EAC) free-trade agreements on the common market and the free circulation of goods and services. The two major African nations from which Kenya buys milk products are Uganda and Rwanda.
The present high price of milk is due to an unusually lengthy drought in the area.
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