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…

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…