UGANDA – The Ugandan government has imposed import quotas on Kenyan poultry products as it moves to protect the country’s local poultry industry.

In a letter by Uganda Commissioner of Animal Health at the Ministry of Agriculture Dr Ann Rose Ademun, Kenyan poultry processors will only be allowed to export into Uganda 2,000kg of smoked chicken sausages for four months, reports The Standard.

Adumen said that Uganda “will only allow (processed chicken) import from Kenya for a period of four months and only 2,000kg of chicken sausages,”

In order to promote and support the Uganda government goal on the development of meat industry, she noted that the Department of Animal Health is encouraging players in the poultry sector to source for chicken products from the local market.

Unprocessed sugarcane export to Kenya

The government of Uganda is also opposed to the proposed export of unprocessed raw materials like sugarcane, according Trade, industry and Cooperatives Minister, Ms Amelia Kyambadde.

Ms Kyambadde argues that such a plan would hamper industrial growth while noting that despite the excess of sugarcane in Busoga Sub-region, Uganda’s policy encourages value addition to products produced locally.

She argued that although Busoga sub region has recorded 500,000 tons of excess sugarcane in the last two months, the local sugar millers can process all the mature sugarcane.

The minister noted that the excess cane supply was caused by the suspension of sugarcane processing by Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited (SCOUL) and Kakira Sugar Works, to carry out annual routine maintainance of their machinery.

Additionally, several other millers including Mayuge Sugar, Kamuli Sugar and G.M Sugar Ltd factories have also reported breakdowns, which have left farmers considering the option of exporting their sugarcane to Kenya.

On average, the six sugar milling companies in Busoga have installed capacity of crushing between 1,000 to 7,000 tons of sugarcane daily, reports The Monitor.

From the 20 licensed companies, about 650 million metric tonnes of sugarcane is milled to produce 600,000 metric tonnes of sugar annually.

However, Ms Kyambadde says that between 2014 and 2018, the factories have been milling about 430 million metric tonnes of sugarcane and producing 410,000 metric tonnes of sugar annually.

Following the recent decline in operations by the millers, Busoga sugarcane out growers had made a request to the government to issue them permits to export sugarcane to sugar millers in neighbouring Kenya.

The outgrowers claim that the low demand from the sugar millers in Uganda could affect the quality of their mature sugarcane.