AFMASS FoodTech – Rwanda edition

AFMASS FoodTech Conference & Expo - Rwanda edition is the first conference and exhibition targeted at the food & beverage and milling industry in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region (Uganda, Burundi, South Sudan and eastern DRC). The event is focused on providing a platform to share vital technical skills to the food manufacturing, retail…

EU grants Uganda US$4.1m to boost coffee and cocoa sector

UGANDA - The European Union (EU) has granted Uganda US$4.1 million to boost the country’s coffee and cocoa industries. The grant agreement sealed by Uganda’s Finance Minister Matia Kasaija and the EU ambassador to Uganda, Attilio Pacifici seeks to boost the coffee and cocoa exports in the EU market. “This grant is aimed at value…

Bureau of standards to seize goods without distinctive mark in Uganda

UGANDA - Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) said it will seize goods found on the market without a distinctive mark, giving manufacturers and processors till end of January for certification of all products in the market. Dr Ben Manyindo, the UNBS executive director, said the new regulation is part of the agency’s need to…

Tanzania gives green light to sugar imports from Uganda

TANZANIA – Tanzania has embarked on issuing permits to traders allowing importation of sugar from Uganda as the country still struggles to meet its 290,000-tonne sugar shortage, reports the East African. The government had stopped issuing new permits for importation of the commodity to protect producers and traders. This had seen sugar imports from its…

Uganda development agency to open sugar and fruit processing plants

UGANDA - The Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) is set to see the commissioning of Soroti Fruit Factory and Atiak Sugar Factory following the continued investment into the country’s agricultural chain. According to the Monitor, farmers in Soroti have embarked into fruit farming in order to supply the US$12.9 million worth factory upon completion. Amelia Kyambadde,…

Uganda approves safe development of genetically engineered foods

UGANDA - Uganda’s parliament has passed the Genetically Engineering Regulatory Bill, 2018 which aims at providing a regulatory framework for the safe development and application of biotechnology and release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), reports The Observer. According to the Committee on Science and Technology through its Vice Chairperson, Hon. Lawrence Akugizibwe, the new bill…

Uganda considers rice import ban to improve domestic production

UGANDA - Uganda’s government is considering to stop importation of unprocessed rice by processors so as to improve the domestic supply, reports the Monitor. The consideration has been informed by a survey revealing that the country has a capacity of processing 7,158 metric tonnes per day, a situation arising from the increased number of rice…

East Africa tea exports to the rest of the world increase by 13%

EAST AFRICA - Tea export volumes from East Africa to the rest of the world have risen by 1.4 million kilogrammes, representing a 13% increase from the comparable previous year, data from the East African Tea Export Auction reveals. A latest auction report has shown that a total of 10.4 million kilogramme bags of tea were…

Uganda receives US$1.5m equipment from aBi Trust to boost coffee production

UGANDA - Agribusiness Initiative Trust (aBi), a multi-donor entity devoted to private sector agribusiness development in collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation has donated US$1.51 million worth of equipment to enhance coffee production in Uganda. According to the Monitor, the equipment included two trucks, motorcycles, scale metres, laptop computers, furniture and…