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Miraa traders in Mogadishu welcome lifting ban on miraa imports from Kenya

Sunday July 17, 2022

Mogadishu (HOL) - Traders of Miraa (Khad) in Mogadishu have welcomed the recent agreement between the presidents of Kenya and Somalia to lift the ban on Miraa exports to Somalia.

The traders said they faced financial difficulties during the last three years of the ban on Kenyan Khad.

"I feel thrilled since the ban on Miraa has been lifted. The ban has changed our lives. We were preparing to ask the President to lift the ban on Miraa, but the President did what we wanted. We couldn't afford the rent, electricity and water during the ban. When I was trading Miraa, my life was good. I was paying my children's university and school fees", Fardowsa Farah, one of the traders, told local media.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta signed an eleven-point agreement following bilateral talks at State House in Nairobi on Friday.

One of the agreed points was that the fish products of the Somalia Business Community be allowed access to the Kenyan market and the resumption of Khat (Miraa) trade between Kenya and Somalia.

Former Somali President Mohammed Farmaajo suspended Miraa imports from Kenya two years ago, citing COVID-19 restrictions. Still, the suspension was never lifted as a diplomatic row affected the relations between the countries.

The ban led to a loss of more than 50 tonnes of Kenyan khat valued at more than Sh20 million a day.


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