Rogers Kakooza, the Director of AVAH Spices Limited in Wakiso district, says that he has operated for four years and is yet to acquire certification from UNBS. He cites the high costs involved in testing and certifying the products compared to his capital.
Although the cars belonging to Masaka United Motor Dealers Association were cleared by UNBS for standards as being worthy to run on Uganda's roads, they were in October blocked by URA in Kenya and Tanzania for being over the age of 15 years which is the new requirement for the importation of used vehicles.
The Bureau says it has developed more than 3,600 standards on products that are both produced locally and those that are imported. This is meant to ensure that all products on the market, do not affect human health and that the consumers have enough confidence in the purchases.
Boniface Kapere, the Principal Technician at UNBS, says the equipment mainly helps the receiver of the delivery since it will help confirm that the contents in the delivering tank is equal to the volumes stated by the supplier.
Ebiru says this equipment will also go a long way in reducing this theft.
Others cited what they call imbalance exhibited by UNBS where it allows some companies to package their products under certain measures and bars others from doing the same, which they say creates unfair business advantage.
Justine Namubiru, the project manager at the East African Grain Council says the foreign dealers do not trust the handling and processing standards by Ugandans and so they prefer to involve themselves right from the farm to the markets.
Uganda produces an estimated 2.5 million tons of maize, with exports worth between USD 120 and 150 million annually, mainly from the regional market. This makes maize the biggest food crop Uganda produces in terms of value, both for the local and export markets.