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China garlic hits 50pc of Kenya’s market supply

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Chinese garlic has flooded the Kenyan market as the Far East suppliers cash in on an acute shortage of the commodity locally.

Official data indicate that Kenya imported 50 per cent of garlic from China as traders moved to bridge the huge supply gap.

The Directorate of Horticulture says the volumes that Kenya produces in a year, which is about 2,000 tonnes, is not enough to meet the annual demand.

Data from the directorate indicate that the yields have been growing marginally but the value has been going up driven by a shortage in the market.

“We do not produce enough garlic for our own use and we have to import about half of what we get locally to bridge the deficit,” says the directorate.

In 2015, Kenya produced 1,928 metric tonnes of garlic worth Sh74 million while in 2017 the quantities went up to 2,379 with the value of Sh173 million.

The statistics from this State agency also shows that the acreage under production has been going up over the years, from 209 hectares in 2015 to 254 in 2017.

Most of the imports are coming in from China where a huge consignment of the produce are shipped into the country and sold to traders. A survey by the Business Daily reveals that local and Chinese garlic retails at the same price with a single piece selling for Sh10.

However, the Chinese garlic is bigger than the local ones, luring many buyers. Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service did not respond to queries on the safety of the imports.

There have been concerns over the safety of goods that are imported from other countries, especially China, with questions arising on whether they meet the Kenyan safety standards.

Food products from China have been on an increase in recent years as the Asian giant finds a ready market for their farm produce in Kenya.

Fish imports from China hit Sh1.7 billion last year stepping up competition with the locally produced ones in a move that is almost edging out Kenyan traders.

Data from the State department of fisheries indicate Kenya imported 22,000 tonnes of fish mainly from China, worth Sh1.7 billion against Sh1.5 billion the previous year.

Source: Business Daily

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VIDEO: Uhuru loses temper, threatens to deal with CS Macharia

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

A video has emerged in which an irate President Uhuru Kenyatta tells off  Transport CS James Wainaina Macharia for not living up to expectation .

Kenyatta made a surprise visit to a Chinese construction site where he found the construction work had stalled and started to enquire the reason behind it.

He also enquired on how they had been allocated funds and listened as the CS and the Chinese contractor each gave a different figure, much to the President’s dismay.

The CS tried to interject the President to save face for the Chinese but a seemingly infuriated Uhuru could hear none of it.

In their defense, the officials from the Chinese company insinuated that there was shortage of funds and that the project would be fast-tracked if they received enough monies.

 

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American tourist visiting Mara in trouble over fight with a local resident

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An American tourist has been arrested following a fight with a businessman in Narok town.

The foreigner, who has been identified as Mr Amando Kurti from Alabama, United States, is set to be arraigned on Monday for assault and resisting arrest, according to Narok OCPD Joseph Kisombe.

But the man’s partner Ms Danielle Olivier, who is a New Zealander, and Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina, have accused the police of taking sides.

“The police seem to fear Mr Ishmael, why haven’t they arrested him after equally injuring the tourist,” said Mr Kina.

Ms Olivier blamed the trader for starting the fight.

Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina (right) and Danielle Olivier from New Zealand, whose partner Amando Kurti was arrested for allegedly assaulting a businessman in Narok, arrive at Narok Police Station on February 17, 2019. PHOTO | GEORGE SAYAGIE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Source: Daily Nation

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JKIA ranked among the busiest airports in the continent

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The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi has been ranked as one of the busiest airports in Africa.

The latest report by Airports Council International has ranked the facility as the fourth busiest airport in the continent.

Johannesburg International Airport (South Africa) has been named the busiest airport in Africa, handling at least 281 passenger flights on average per day.

Cairo International Airport (Egypt) and Bole International Airport in Ethiopia are ranked second and third busiest airports in the region.

Source: Daily Nation

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