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…

Uganda targets the growing dairy market in Kenya in exports

KENYA - Uganda is targeting the Kenyan dairy market which expected to grow at 3.5% annual rate with a projected 12.6 billion in liters by 2030, reported the EastAfrican. According to Mr Nixon Sigey, the chairman of Kenya Dairy Processors Association, increased inception of Ugandan milk in Kenya could be attributed to lower production costs…

Uganda’s Café Javas enters the Kenyan market to compete Java House

KENYA - Café Javas, the Ugandan restaurant has entered the local market, having opened a new branch in Nairobi to compete the Kenyan chain of coffee houses, Java House as reported by Business Daily. Café Javas is operating in Kenya’s capital Nairobi under the name CJ’s, prompting competition between the two trademarks, which in 2016…

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…