Poultry farmers protest US push to open Kenyan market

Chickens and eggs at a poultry farm. 

Photo credit: File | Nation Media Group

Poultry producers have protested an alleged push by the US to have Kenya open up its market to finished agricultural products in the ongoing negotiations for new trade and investment deals between the two nations.

The Kenyan producers say they learned of the push for the US to export finished poultry products to Kenya under the proposed US-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership (STIP) during a stakeholders’ forum convened by the State Department of Trade.

The Poultry Breeders Association of Kenya (PBAK) — the lobby for breeders, hatcheries, and meat processors — says the Trade Department has, however, failed to provide the draft texts of the US proposals.

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