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USDA plans trade trip to East Africa

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Growing markets is the key to keeping up our agricultural exports. While we focus a lot of attention on Asia and Europe, Eastern Africa is becoming a hot spot for the future of agricultural marketing. Because of this, the United States Department of Agriculture is hosting a trade trip to the region to meet leaders about the future of Ag trade in places like Tanzania, Nairobi, Kenya, and Zanzibar. The trip will take place from October 31st – November 4th.

Clay Hamilton is the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Associate Administrator. He talks about the growth we are seeing in the East African market.

It is more than just a matter of offering products and shipping them over. The U.S. Ag Industry is helping establish a system for handling these imports and marketing them. USDA has many partners in this part of the project.

Hamilton says that this trip was something that has been on the wish list at USDA since a 2019 trip to Ghana.

Hamilton says that this is the next step in a full Africa strategy.

Those interested in applying to accompany the trade trip can find out more information on the USDA website.