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President Ruto meets Embu county leaders to discuss muguka ban

President William Ruto has on Monday met leaders from Embu County to discuss the recent ban on muguka in Mombasa, Kilifi and Taita Taveta counties.

At the meeting, they all agreed that muguka/miraa are scheduled crops and that the Agriculture ministry should convene a meeting with stakeholders to discuss the same.

“I have held a productive meeting with the leaders of Embu County on the recent ban on muguka. We have agreed that miraa/muguka being a scheduled crop, a meeting be convened to discuss the issue.

Consequently, I have directed the Ministry of Agriculture to convene a forum of all parties and stakeholders concerned.” said President William Ruto.

Speaking after the news was Agriculture CS Mithika Linturi who said that muguka is a scheduled crop under the Crops Act 2013 and the Miraa Regulations 2023 which was approved and passed by both the Senate and National Assembly.

He continued by saying that the regulation allows the government to provide support of the crop through licencing, promotion, regulation, transportation, aggregation, selling, marketing, and export.

On the other hand, the Coastal leader have issued the ban saying that it has affected the youths in the counties and that it posses health risks.

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