IMPLEMENTING H.E THE PRESIDENT’S DIRECTIVE TO STOP ILLEGAL FISHING ON THE LAKES OF UGANDA
Government has noted with serious concern the depletion of the fisheries resources in the country due to illegal and unsustainable fishing practices.
In accordance with the External Trade Act, the EAC Customs Union Protocol Article 22, and the General Agreement on Tariff and Trade (GATT) Article XX, and in order to address the challenges of depletion of the fisheries resources; the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives hereby notifies the public of the following measures undertaken to streamline sustainable trade in fish and fish products:
1. Ordered the immediate ban of the importation of all fishing nets, and related inputs into the country for a period of 12 months
2. Instituted strict administrative measures for monitoring production by the domestic manufacturers and their distribution chains to ensure an adequate and sustained supply of fish nets in the country that meet the required national standards.
3. In partnership with UPDF Marines Enforcement Taskforce put in place by H.E the President, the Ministry has strengthened and intensified market surveillance to eradicate smuggling of fishing nets into the country and to impound any illegal fishing gear in the market.
4. In partnership with the UPDF Marines Enforcement Taskforce established by H.E. The President, strengthen monitoring and surveillance on all lakes to eliminate all illegal fishing gear including the locally made kokota
5. Ordered the increase of production capacities of domestic manufacturers of fishnets and related inputs to meet the domestic demand
6. Started massive sensitization of the general public about these measures.
The measures take immediate effect.
Amelia Kyambadde (MP)
Read Full Statement: BAN OF IMPORTATION OF ALL FISHING NETS AND RELATED INPUTS
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives has Launched the Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) Action Plan that contains details of activities, time frame for implementation and Officers to deliver on the key result areas by the Ministry. In this Action Plan, the Ministry will deliver on the following; taking stock of the local producers and service providers, enhance the quality and competitiveness of local products and services, Increase the visibility of local products in local outlets, increase awareness about the BUBU Policy and others.
The Rt.Hon.Dr Ruhakana Rugunda the Prime minister of Uganda today the 2nd of March 2017 Launched the BUBU polic,The BUBU implementation strategy and the Framework for the Implementation of BUBU .
The main objectives of the policy is to promote the consumption and use of local goods and services, increase the local content in government procurement and create awareness for consumers to buy locally produced goods and services.
BUBU is a landmark policy, whose successful implementation will contribute to job and income creation, increase the competitiveness of our products, and consequently reduce our country’s trade deficit.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives is pleased and proud to launch the Rice Millers Council of Uganda (RMCU). The council is a private sector-led organization that encompasses the large and small scale millers, the large scale rice growers as well as the representatives of smallholder rice farmers across the country.
The council was officially registered on 15 December 2015 and its key objectives are to:
1.Conduct policy advocacy and interface with the Government, Development partners and all other Stakeholders on pertinent issues related to the development of the rice sector in Uganda ü Provide a forum and representation to all those persons who are engaged in the business of rice growing, milling, marketing, etc
2. Promote and protect the rice trade, commerce and processing industry and to consider and resolve matters, issues, problems and questions connected with the trade, commerce and value addition faced by the rice sector ü promote the growing of rice and in particular assist the smallholder farmers to increase rice production and productivity, etc
The Council will also liaise with other institutions in Uganda such as: the Grain Council of Uganda, Private Sector Foundation, Uganda Manufacturers Association, Uganda National Farmers Federation, etc with a view to share and adopt common policy positions aimed at accelerating further development of rice in particular and Agriculture in general.
As we are all aware, the Government of Uganda recognized rice as one of the strategic crops because with its high returns and its ability to reduce poverty among the smallholder farmers. In addition Government has developed a National Rice Development Strategy covering the period from 2008-2018. The overriding goal of the strategy is to achieve rice self-sufficiency in Uganda by 2018 with a production target of 680,000 MT of un-milled rice from the 177,000 MT in 2008.
The establishment of the Rice Millers Council of Uganda therefore is to complement this process, give more impetuous to the growth of the sector and ensure that this goal is achieved.
In 2004 the EAC adopted the Common External Tariff (CET) as a policy to boost the rice production and to protect the small farmers. This policy has proven to be successful. For the case of Uganda, the CET led to a 230% increase in area and the 360% increase in production over a ten year period (2004-2014). This success is indicative of a positive trend ably nurtured and supported by appropriate policies within Uganda and the East African Community
The Rice Millers Council of Uganda fully supports this policy and any attempt to dilute it is a recipe to disadvantage the smallholder farmers who produce over 80% of the rice grown in Uganda.
The establishment of a Rice Council in Uganda is in tandem with efforts undertaken by other rice growing countries in the region and in Africa at large to create similar institutions to foster the growth of the rice sector in their respective countries. These includes AfricaRice, the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), the Rice Council of Tanzania (RCT), the Ghana Rice Inter-Professional Body (GRIB), Nigeria Rice Policy Advocacy Platform (NiRPAP) and).
Uganda is now therefore in a better position to interface and benefit from the extensive experiences of these countries on aspects pertaining to rice development at large.
The establishment of the Rice Millers Council of Uganda is a significant milestone in the history of the country as it is an acknowledgment of the importance of the rice sector in Uganda. It also comes at a time when Uganda is re-aligning its development agenda to gain a middle income status.
Date: February 7, 2017
On 10th January 2017,the Ministry Launched the 2017 Tobacco season.During the Launch the Permanent secretary MTIC Ambassador Julius Onen handed over certificates to the companies that had been licensed to sponsor growers to produce and market Tobacco in the 2017 season.
The Licensed companies are
- Alliance One Tobacco
- Leaf Tobacco& Commodities U Ltd
- Uganda Tobacco Services Ltd
- Nimatabac U
- Global Leaf Holdings U Ltd
- Continental Tobacco U Ltd