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Tough on imports: Kenyan minister detains goods

Posted by African Press International on August 29, 2008

Ruto says imports to be detained

Written By:Faith Kendi

Agriculture minister William Ruto says the government will not clear the 8000 metric tonnes of import sugar withheld at the port of Mombasa.

Ruto said the sugar will not be allowed into the Kenyan market because the internal supply is sufficient for the market.

The minister’s announcement comes amid speculations that the price of sugar was set to go high due to a looming shortage.

The 8449 metric tonnes of sugar have been held at the port of Mombasa for several days now and the minister says it will not be released to the Kenyan market until the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa requirements are followed.

Ruto advised all manufacturing companies using industrial sugar to import directly and avoid using middlemen.

The minister said he has cleared all the sugar lying at the Mombasa port, which were imported into the country legally.

The ministry of agriculture has come up with new regulations for the sector, which are awaiting gazettement.

The minister was speaking during a tour of various exhibitions on Wednesday ahead of the official opening of the Mombasa show on Thursday.



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