Nairobi, Nov. 30 -- Seed companies have blamed the influx of vegetables from Tanzania on the cheap cost of production in the neighbouring country as it does not charge the 16 per cent duty on tomatoes and onion seeds, having a negative impact on the Sh15 billion industry.

Seed Trade Association of Kenya-an umbrella body bringing together all the seed processors in the country, says the VAT levied on vegetable seeds locally has made Kenya's produce uncompetitive in the market.

STAK chairman Humphrey Kiruaye says onions, tomatoes and other vegetables from Tanzania that have become common in Kenya are way cheaper when compared with what is produced locally.

"There are a lot of vegetables coming here in Kenya from Tanzania and that is beca...