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Why Miraa Will Never Be Exported To Britain Again

Britain has maintained the ban on miraa will stay despite the massive lobbying that has been carried out by Kenya to try and convince them to lift the ban. British High Commissioner Nic Hailey said he regrets there was nothing that could be done to revert the current situation.

Britain has maintained the ban on miraa will stay despite the massive lobbying that has been carried out by Kenya to try and convince them to lift the ban. British High Commissioner Nic Hailey said he regrets there was nothing that could be done to revert the current situation. He further added that his country was the last one to ban the exportation of the product in Europe and thus not an isolated case.
He was speaking after holding a meeting with Meru County commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga and the deputy governor of Meru Raphael Muriungi.
Kenya was earning an annual revenue of 1.5 billion from the Netherlands alone. It banned the exportation of the crop and soon after the UK followed thus almost killing the trade completely. Kenya now exports to Somalia alone reducing the revenues by great margins considering the economic situation in Somalia alone.
Meru County is the main producer of the crop. Most of the dwellers in the county are miraa farmers who are stranded as a result of the reduced market size. Many of them have chosen to shift to other areas of farming, others have shifted to other areas of the business while others still believe in the crop and have held on.
The high commissioner said the United Kingdom is aware of the economic impacts their decision has had and they will take part in helping the Meru dwellers shift to other means of income. They have recently funded a survey on alternative livelihoods in the county. They are committed to supporting the affected.
Britain declared miraa a class C drug thus banning it from the country. It is a stimulant said to cause excitement, loss of appetite and euphoria. The World Health Organization classified it as a form of drug abuse that can cause psychological dependence. Meru leaders and miraa farmers have insisted that miraa has no known negative health effects despite the studies that point the opposite direction. It is even offered in church as a form of tithe in Meru county.
 

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