The Ugandan government has advised the nation’s farmers to address complaints from regional and international markets about the quality of Ugandan produce. Some Ugandan products have been rejected several times over the last three years from the regional markets of Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Uganda produces 510,000 tons of sugar. However, only 360,000 tons are consumed locally. The surplus of 150,000 tons is exported within East Africa, COMESA regions and DR Congo.
Agriculture Minister Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja says Uganda’s agricultural surplus is temporary, adding that they have embarked on the implementation and expansion of the agro industrialization to address the quality challenges.
Pius Wakabi Kasajja, the Agriculture Ministry Permanent Secretary says that the government is investing over 200 million pounds in post-harvest handling, sensitization and value chain agenda to boost the quality of the products for export.
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