Finance Minister, Matia Kasaijja, says the country is facing a problem of market for local goods, which has resulted in surplus yet farmers are ignoring calls for change. Some of the rejected products include milk, eggs, sugar and maize among others.
has advised farmers to take seriously complaints from regional and
international markets about the quality of Ugandan produce. Ugandan products
have undergone a series of rejection over the last three years from the regional
markets of Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania over quality concerns and dumping.
Minister, Matia Kasaijja, says the country is facing a problem of market for
local goods, which has resulted in surplus yet farmers are ignoring calls for change.
Some of the rejected products include milk, eggs, sugar and maize among others.
to statistics from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Uganda produces 510,000 tons
of sugar. However, only 360,000 tons are consumed locally. The surplus of
150,000 tons is exported within East Africa, COMESA regions and DR Congo.
However, due to the
import restrictions in neighbouring countries over quality concerns, over 50,000 tons of sugar are flooding causing a drop
in the price from 150,000 to 130,000 for a 50kg bag of sugar.
Agriculture Minister, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, says the surplus is
temporary, adding that they have embarked on the implementation and expansion
of the Agro industrialization to address the quality challenges.
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Pius Wakabi Kasajja, the Agriculture Ministry
Permanent Secretary, says that the government is investing over 200 million pounds
(over a trillion Ugandan Shillings) in post-harvest handling, sensitization and
value chain agenda to boost the quality of the products for export.
that they are now looking at taking the Nucleus farmer model to all parts of
the country to ensure bulk production. The nucleus farmer’s premises are designed to
host a demonstration of certified inputs and best practices on input usage.
will help farmers around them to access credit and have the same output in
terms of quality for exports.
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Adyeri Omalla, a commercial farmer and managing Director of Delight Uganda, the
producers of Cheers juice is a nucleus farmer. He has signed a memorandum of
understanding with government through the ministry agriculture to train
farmers in northern Uganda.
Julia owns 1700 hectares of farmland on, which
he grows mangoes and citrus working with over 500 out-growers in Lungulu sub-county in Nwoya district. In this memorandum, the government is to construct a
Shillings 30billion fruit juice factory.
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Badagawa, the Executive Director Private Sector Foundation Uganda advises the farmers
to embrace research and work under organized groups that understand the market
dynamics for countries to appreciate their goods.
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Uganda has had several meetings with regional heads
to forge a way out of the ban, but the fruits seem slow. Recently, Kenya
allowed importing several metric tons of sugar from Uganda.