Deficit in food production raises imports by 58% in January

KENYA - Kenya has imported food items worth US$207.119m, a 58.33% increase from US$130.812m witnessed in January 2017, as a result of food deficit attributed to prolonged drought conditions experienced last year, according to a data by the Kenya national Bureau of Statistics. Following poor rainfall and insufficient food production, prices of basic commodities shot…

Kenya lifts ban on poultry imports from Uganda after 15 months

KENYA - Kenya will resume importation of poultry carcasses, eggs and day old chicks from Uganda in totality, after a recommendation that ascertained the country was free of avian influenza disease, reports Business Daily. According to a report given by the Deputy Director of Veterinary Services, Michael Cheruiyot, they had lifted the ban partially and…

Kenya inks deal with Uganda for 6m bags of cheap maize flour

KENYA - The Ministry of trade has made a deal with Uganda to supply 6.6 million bags of maize flour as the country records a food deficit amid efforts to reverse the situation. Kenya will pay US$20 for each bag of maize flour to the Grain Council of Uganda, set to deliver the cargo at…

Kenyans import $31.2m maize from Uganda, TZ to meet demand

KENYA - Kenya will next month waive duty to allow millers to import maize from Uganda and Tanzania. Kenyan traders imported more than 77,500 tonnes of maize worth $31.2 million since January from its neighbours. This is the highest amount of imports in the past five years as drought and the effects of the fall…

Uganda farmers paid in Bidco project dispute

UGANDA – 36 farmers whose land was acquired for a controversial Bidco palm oil project in Uganda have been compensated, a payoff which follows mediation by the dispute resolution office of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC). A Ugandan environmental lobby had last year filed the case at the IFC’s ombudsman on behalf of…

East Africa moves to harmonise staple food standards, boost trade

UGANDA - The quality of regional trade in cereals and pulses is expected to improve following the launch of newly gazetted standards for staple foods. The harmonisation comes after a long period where each East African country used its own yardstick to determine quality of cereals including maize, millet, wheat, sorghum, rice and pulses such…

Uganda coffee meets Sudan’s new export standards

UGANDA - Uganda has met all required standards and is now ready to export her coffee to Sudan. The latter is Uganda’s second largest market destination. Sudan gave Uganda a two-year grace period to comply with its new standards of coffee exports or else lose the market. While meeting a delegation of the Sudan Standards…