NAIROBI (SD) – The Kenyan government has predicted when Somalia will allow the export of khat to Somalia will resume again, after a years long ban.
Kenya’s Agriculture Minister Peter Munya told THE STAR that khat markets in Somalia, would be reopened on July 5, after a two-year hiatus.
“On the 5th of July, the agreement will be signed here in Nairobi. Just irrigate your miraa, prepare your farms, a market has been found,” he said to resounding jubilation from the crowd.
Munya declined to comment on what Somalia would get in return of the reopening of the Kenyan qat market.
President Farmajo banned Kenyan khat on March 19, 2020, citing Covid19 concerns, followed by a full ban after a maritime dispute escalated to a full diplomatic dispute.
Negotiations to import khat to Somalia have failed several times, dealing a major blow to khat farmers that imported 50 tonnes of qat daily to Somalia.
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