Ugandan sweet corn industry wants export ban due to poor season

Uganda’s corn growers and processors want the government to restrict shipment of unprocessed grains so they can retain husks for animal feed. Due to poor rainfall, the country will produce about 2.5 million tons of corn this crop year, about 50% of the previous year’s output. Agriculture Minister Frank Tumwebaze said that his Ministry will study the impact of such a ban on production and demand.

Last season, half of its 5 million-ton production was surplus, some of which was exported to Kenya, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Grain Council of Uganda. Kenya, which buys the bulk of Uganda’s surplus corn, and Burundi said last season they would prohibit imports of the grain from their neighbor, citing high levels of mycotoxins.


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