President Kenyatta uses UK trip to renew calls for EU to lift ban on Kenya’s fresh produce

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KARI scientists claim the food is “safe” for consumption

By The Weekly Vision team

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to urge his host British Prime minister Boris Johnson to help persuade European Union (EU) member countries to lift a ban imposed on fresh food from Kenya.

The president is said to have held day-long consultations with key agricultural researchers from KARI and KEMRI in Nairobi before he embarked on the trip. According to an informed source who spoke to The Weekly Vision, during the meeting with Uhuru, Kenyan scientists accused the EU of being “alarmist” and making “unsubstantiated claims” on Kenya’s fresh produce that includes cereals, tomatoes and fruits.

Scientists insisted that Kenya’s fresh foods did not contain “high toxic” levels from fertilizers as alleged by the EU which had imposed a ban that is currently costing cash strapped regime in Nairobi billions in lost revenue

 The scientists insisted that Kenya’s fresh foods did not contain “high toxic” levels from fertilizers as alleged by the EU which had imposed a ban that is currently costing cash strapped regime in Nairobi billions in lost revenue from exports. President Uhuru is understood to be urging his UK host to use his “overriding” influence in Europe to plead a case for Kenya’s fresh produce despite London having quit the union last year.

President Uhuru is in Britain with a high-ranking business delegation that is expected to discuss trade between the two countries and explore investment opportunities. The Kenyan leader is keen to urge the UK for more help to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and ensure a smooth transition in next year’s general election.

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