Tanzania reaches consensus to allow Uganda sugar imports amid duty

TANZANIA - Tanzania has reached an agreement to allow sugar imports from Uganda though this would only happen during periods of scarcity, a report from the Joint Permanent Commission meeting held in Kampala reveals. According to theEastAfrican, the meeting was attended by permanent secretaries from the two East African countries and came after a series…

East Africa to develop policy on aflatoxin to boost food security and safety

KENYA - The East African Community member (EAC) states have agreed on plans to develop a policy framework to address the human and animal health threat of aflatoxin contamination and boost food security, a NewTimes report has revealed. The economic bloc aims to address food nutrition, security and safety issues in regard to animal, human…

Maize flour prices in Uganda fall due to increased supply of cheap grains

UGANDA - Maize flour prices have dipped to a six-year low on increased supply of cheap grains from Uganda and harvests in western Kenya, easing inflationary pressure. According to Business Daily, the imports from Uganda and harvest has pulled down grain costs from Sh3, 200 a bag in January to below Sh2, 000, offering millers…

World Food Programme picks Uganda as global food procurement hub

UGANDA - The World Food Programme (WFP), world’s number one Zero Hunger campaigner has picked Uganda as the global procurement hub, providing more than 1,000 grain farmers with opportunity to benefit from local procurements. According to the Monitor, WFP has constructed more than 70 silos in the country for post-harvest management as part of the…

Uganda’s Local Content Policy boosts grain trade as volumes rise

UGANDA - Uganda’s local content policy has played a significant role in boosting grain trade as a result of increased volumes of grain bought locally, improved value for farmers and high quality grain, the East African has reported. Local content policy aims to improve production jobs, incomes while unlocking the potential of agriculture which contributes…

Uganda considers banning sugar exports to Kenya to address shortage

UGANDA - Uganda is planning to limit or ban sugar exports to Kenya in order to protect the local market that is facing supply shortfalls, an article in the Business Daily has revealed. Due to a sugar crisis in Kenya, local traders have rushed to seize the opportunity to import sugar across the border, something…

Uganda constructs US$2.37m tea factories under Uganda Development Corporation

UGANDA - Ugandan government under its investment arm, Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) has established two tea factories valued at a cost of US$2.37 million. The Monitor reported the move is part of government's plan to promote value addition in an attempt to align the agro sector to the National Export Development Strategy and National Development…

Tanzania milk production increases by 400m litres

TANZANIA - Tanzania milk production has increased by 400 million litres to 2.4 billion litres per year in a period of 15 years to 2017, although consumption remains low at only 47 litres per capita per year, reported the Citizen. However, the production volume is way much below expectations as the country has estimated 30.5…

Uganda launches standards for nine grain products to boost grain trade

UGANDA - The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) has unveiled nine product standards for staple foods that fall under grains category with an aim to boost and increase grain trade between Uganda and other East African countries. According to an article in the East African Business Week, the standards will play a critical role in…