A lot of eggs go to Kenya, South Sudan but traders are fearing to move. Many dealers who would come from Kenya to Uganda to take the eggs no longer come. Other consumers locally like makers of confectionery and organizers of parties are not working.
Sellers of eggs in Kampala are stuck with tens of trays as the
economy shut down due to coronavirus means key clients locally and abroad no
This has seen the prices of a tray of eggs fall by at least 2000 shillings to
just Uganda shillings 8,000 for the retailer buyers. Those buying in bulk can
get a tray at Shs 7,000.
At Ovino in Kisenyi, traders sat in their stalls with trays of eggs awaiting
customers but the ban on private cars, low business for hotels and few buyers
of a Rolex means not many are selling.
Sumaya Nakibuuka, a seller of eggs in Kisenyi said their main customers
were Kenyans but now they fear to come to Uganda and Ugandans fear to go to
Kenya. This means no one is buying.
//Cue in Amagi gali…
Cue out: … Kuzitunda e’weeki.”//
Nakibuuka said that while she stocked up to 2,000 trays per week and
were bought before the coronavirus crisis, she now only stocks.
For some traders, the crisis found them with stocks which they aren’t
selling. They had bought eggs at 10,500 and were expecting to sell a tray at
12,000, but have been forced to sell eggs at Shs 7000 a tray,
Kimbowa, a trader in Baraka Kisenyi.Kimbowa said they were facing the worst scenario as traders
dealing in eggs.
Cue in: “Okusinzira ku mbela …
Cue out: … kasanvu bitano.”//
A lot of eggs go to Kenya, South Sudan but traders fear to move. Many
dealers who would come from Kenya to Uganda to take the eggs no longer travel.
Other consumers locally like makers of confectionery and organizers of parties
are not working.
For the damaged eggs, Sumaya says, they used to sell them to bakeries like
Denevo but many of the bakeries have either closed or reduced their capacity.
As the traders struggle to find the market, farmers are calling on traders to go
and pick the eggs. Nakibuuka said for the traders to pick the eggs from
farmers, they have to wait for an order from a hotel or a big entity that is in need of eggs.
If they buy without a prior order, the eggs would stay for long and go bad.
//Cue in: Ablunda enkoko…
Cue out: … gavunda.”//
Uganda’s production of eggs production has grown tremendously with total
eggs produced in a year reaching 930 million in 2018, according to the Uganda
Bureau of Statistics (UBOS).
If the covid-19 shutdown goes on for long, much of these eggs
will go to waste, plunging farmers and traders alike into losses.