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Grain council wants leaders to include private sector in EAC integration

By Mercy Kahenda | Aug 15th 2016 | 1 min read
By Mercy Kahenda | August 15th 2016

NAKURU, KENYA:  The East African Grain Council (EAGC) has asked leaders in East African Community to incorporate private sector in promoting inter-regional trade.

EAGC executive director Gerald Masila said policy to include private sector should be in line with EAC integration policy.

Masila said there is huge investment gap in EAC member countries that should support cereal and grain value chain addition to boost food security and economy of farmers.

"EAGC is working close with governments to ensure there are more private sectors investing in farming to boost production and inter-regional trade," said Masila.

Masila said EAGC is engaging the EAC governments not to put barriers to regional trade for instance restriction of trading licenses to farmers that lock potentials.

He said limiting trade barriers will see farmers sell their produce freely in EAC a move that will boost food security and economy among the states.

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