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

  1. Alliance One Tobacco
  2.  Leaf Tobacco& Commodities U Ltd
  3. Uganda Tobacco Services Ltd
  4. Nimatabac U
  5. Global Leaf Holdings U Ltd
  6.  Continental Tobacco U Ltd

Read More:

Key conditions for Compliance.pdf

Launch of Tobacco season 2017.pdf

The current Sugar stock

In 2015 the total sugar production was 418,882 Metric Tonnes and the local consumption was 350,000 Metric Tonnes. The Sugar Manufacturers stated that there is no shortage of sugar, as they produce more because the recovery rate is higher during the dry season. The three big manufacturers alone; Kakira, Kinyara and SCOUL, have a current stock of 7,200 Metric Tonnes against our daily local consumption of between 1,000 - 1,200 Metric Tonnes. They assured the people of Uganda that they have enough sugar in stock to cater for the festive seasons.

The current ex-factory sugar price

The sugar manufactures explicitly stated that the current ex-factory price of sugar has remained at 3500/= per kg.  There is, therefore, absolutely no reason for the wholesalers and retailers to hike prices of sugar. The Ministry will be tabling the Sugar Bill in Parliament in Parliament by mid-January, 2017. The Bill will reinforce the implementation of the Sugar Policy to effectively regulate the sugar sector to eliminate malpractices in the sector to promote sustainable growth of the sector.

Fellow Ugandans and Consumers

I wish to reiterate that Uganda has enough sugar stock and there is adequate production in all our sugar factories.

I, therefore, wish to appeal to the wholesalers and retailers to desist from any speculative overpricing of sugar; which is inflicting an unnecessary inconvenience and pain on the consumers.

I take this opportunity to wish all our consumers, industrialists and traders a Merry Charismas and Happy New Year.

 Introduction

I have received a number of concerns from different stakeholders on operations of Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry including a petition on the forthcoming elections.

Action taken by my Ministry

The government has serious security concerns over the planned elections for the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry scheduled for 16th December 2016. Different stakeholders have expressed fears. The chairperson of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, M/S Olive Kigongo in her letter dated 27th October 2016 to H.E. the president has further confirmed these “National Security threats and concerns. Government has therefore decided to cancel the Chamber Elections forthwith. All contenders to the chamber elections, District Authorities, Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and the Business community are accordingly informed.

Thank you

AMELIA KYAMBADDE (MP)

MINISTER OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND COOPERATIVES

Introduction

On 22nd November, 2016, I had a dialogue with the members of Uganda Alcohol Industry Association, who are the major processors and distributors of alcohol in sachets.

As much as Government recognises the importance of the alcohol industry in employment creation and contribution of revenue; alcohol has been associated with excessive consumption and abuse by the population especially the youth.


    i.        Government will ban the packaging of alcohol in sachets effective 30th September, 2017.
    ii.        The Uganda Alcohol Industry Association (UAIA) to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to certify only alcohol producers are under the UAIA.
    iii.        UNBS to publicise the regulations and administrative directives of the alcohol industry including the requirements of certification of the product for information of the investors/public within 2 weeks from date the meeting.
    iv.        UAIA will also enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with clear terms of Reference (ToR) with the large alcohol manufacturers who supply small scale producers.
    v.        The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives will fast track the development of the Alcohol Bill which is to be tabled to Parliament by June 2017.
    vi.        The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives will issue a statement on the resolutions agreed on to the Cabinet, Parliament and General Public.
    vii.        The Minister will hold a joint press conference together with UAIA and UNBS to inform the public on the resolutions.
    The District Local Government Authorities will be required to curtail unregistered alcohol producers packaging in sachets immediately.

Conclusion

Government implores all alcohol producers to register with the Alcohol Association. We call upon the Local Governments to adhere to the Government position as stipulated above.

I thank you

 
AMELIA KYAMBADDE (MP)

MINISTER OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND COOPERATIVES

 Uganda Export Promotion Board Uganda Warehouse Receipt System Authority Management Training and Advisory Centre Uganda National Bureau of Standards Uganda Industrial Research Institute