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More levies on grain imports, sparking concerns on potential price increase.

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More levies on grain imports, sparking concerns on potential price increase.

 

The Kenyan government has imposed new levies on grain imports, raising concerns about a potential rise in food prices. The Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) announced a two percent levy on cereal imports, including maize, rice, and wheat. Legume imports, including beans, lentils, soybeans, and peanuts, will also face a two percent levy, while root and tuber imports like potatoes, cassava, sweet potatoes, and yams, will be subject to a one percent levy. These levies are set to take effect on July 1st.

 

The new levies have been met with apprehension by consumers who are already grappling with high food prices due to soaring production costs and shortages. Kenya relies heavily on food imports, particularly maize, rice, and wheat, as domestic production struggles to keep pace with the demands of its growing population.

Traders who fail to comply with the new levies will face a steep penalty. The AFA has stated that a 25 percent interest rate will be applied to the outstanding amount for the first month of non-payment, followed by a 12 percent monthly compound interest rate on any remaining arrears.

 

The rationale behind the new levies remains unclear. The Kenyan government has not made any official statements regarding the intended purpose of the levies or how the collected revenue will be used. Some speculate that the levies may be an attempt to boost domestic food production by incentivizing farmers and discouraging reliance on imports. Others fear that the levies could simply be a means for the government to generate additional revenue.

 

The potential impact of the levies on food prices is a major concern for Kenyans. With existing high food costs, the added burden of the levies could push essential staples further out of reach for many households. The coming months will reveal how the levies affect food prices and how Kenyan consumers cope with any potential increases.

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