BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,23RD JULY 2022-The Agriculture Food Authority (AFA) has announced that the first consignment of miraa bound for Somalia will leave the country on Sunday, June 24, 2022.
Local miraa farmers had been locked out of the Somali market since March 2020 after Mogadishu suspended khat imports owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The situation only changed on July 15, 2022 after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Somali counterpart Hassan Mahmud agreed to immediately restore bilateral relations between the two nations following a caucus at State House, Nairobi.
Individuals found exporting khat into Somalia without adhering to the set regulations may end up behind bars for three years. They will also be liable to pay a fine of up to Ksh.5 million.
Miraa farmers have welcomed the revival of khat trading between Kenya and Somalia but have urged the government to swiftly issue out the required licenses and permits.