Horticulture exporters from Uganda have turned to Kenya to export their perishable goods. This comes as result of Ministry of Agriculture, Animal, Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) imposing unnecessary payments which are not receipted and uncalled for interceptions in the country.
From Kenya, their goods are easily transported and flown to the European market where there is a ready market without any interceptions as long as they meet the required documentation.
The Ugandan horticulture sector alone accounts for 85 per cent of the total agricultural products shipped out of the nation annually. These include fruits such as passion fruits, pineapples, baby mangoes, bananas, avocados and apples among others and vegetables like hot pepper, eggplants, okra and chillies.
The sector is estimated to benefit 2.5 million people while 1.5 million households benefit from exports, border trade and domestic trade of fruits and vegetables. Exports from the fruit and vegetable industry fetch about $100 mln per annum while cross border trade within the region is estimated at $55 mln per annum.
Uganda has about more than 64 exporting companies that export fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, providing a ready market for farmers who grow these fruits and vegetables while earning daily income.