Kenya exports 81.4 tonnes of miraa worthy KSh220 million in four days since the resumption of the Somalia market.
Head of Miraa Pyrethrum and other Industrial Crops Felix Mutwiri has revealed that Kenya exported 81.4 tonnes of Miraa to Mogadishu since the resumption of the Somalia market.
Felix Mutwiri reported that 19 dealers out of the 22 who had applied for export permits had been cleared.
He added that additional traders are requesting clearance to obtain the licenses,
“We have so far exported 81.4 tonnes in the last four days and we expect the volumes to grow in the next coming days as more people are cleared to ship out the commodity,” said Mutwiri.
Following their approval under the new laws, miraa traders received export licenses from the directorate last week.
Anyone who exports miraa without registration and a licence is liable for a sentence of up to three years or a fine of up to Sh5 million.
A kilo of miraa is currently selling for $23 (Sh2,734) in Somalia, which is still less expensive than the $25 (Sh2,972) it cost prior to the market being shut down.
Ethiopia, which has been providing the market with miraa since Nairobi was locked out, is competing with Kenya at the market.
Miraa farmers have been relying on the local market in the last three years after Somalia banned the export of the stimulant following a diplomatic row between the two countries.
However, the market resumed after President Uhuru Kenyatta met with the newly elected Somalia president Hassan Mohamud.
Somalia allowed the resumption of miraa exports from Kenya and permitted Kenya Airways to start scheduled flights to Mogadishu in the latest sign of improving ties between the two neighboring countries.