Uganda has intensified marketing of Diary Products in the East and Southern Africa Region, a move officials said is aimed at growing regional demand to absorb increased domestic production following the depressed consumption during the pandemic.
We have resumed stakeholder engagements in various countries of our accreditation to allow in Uganda’s Diary products said Uganda’s Ambassador to Tanzania, Richard Kabonero.
“We are mainly focusing on assisting our processors access exports markets for liquid milk, milk powder, ghee and butter oil,” he said.
The mission is working hard to resolve the remaining tariff and non-tariffs barriers through bilateral meetings with various countries in Southern Africa particularly in Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Comoros.
Uganda’s dairy industry has continued to grow in terms of export volumes that have experienced an increase in foreign exchange from $139.5 million in 2019 to USD 205 million in 2020 (UShs 780 billion).
Uganda currently produces 1.9 million liters of milk daily in over 400 centers.
The Diary industry is now the third biggest agricultural commodity foreign exchange income earner after coffee and fish bringing in shs 780 billion to our economy.
Coca-Cola Zambia was recently granted permission to import 700 metric tons of powdered milk per year from Uganda.
Coca-Cola Zambia will be required to submit a sample of powdered milk to the Central Veterinary Research Institute (CVRI) in the Department of Veterinary Services for microbiology analysis, pesticide residues, veterinary drug residues, and any other test to ensure that the products comply with national laws and standards.
According to Diary Development Authority (DDA) Executive Director Dr Michael Kansiime, Zambia’s move is a significant victory for Uganda’s dairy industry, which has struggled to find a market in the troubled East African Community region.
According to statistics from Uganda Bureau of Statistics, in 2020, Uganda sold milk and cream in solid forms worth Shs 1,372,740,501 to Malawi; and Shs 7,113,288,680 to Tanzania.
Additionally, Milk and Cream ‘powder’ products worth Shs 950m were sold to Malawi in the same year.
Kabonero told ChimpReports in an interview in Tanzania that increased milk exports to southern Africa will boost local farmers’ household incomes and attract billions of dollars in investment in the diary sector hence creating more jobs and tax revenues for government.