On Friday 12th May 2017, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Hon. Amelia Kyambadde officially briefed the press  together with the leaders of sugar Manufacturers Associations on the increasing sugar Prices and government position on the same.

The press briefing followed  a meeting  with the Sugar distributors, wholesalers,retailers and the sugar millers.

In the statement;the government urged the millers to ensure that the factories maintain normal production. In this regard, Kakira sugar resumed normal production  on  12th May 2017 and postponed its regular maintenance.

Lugazi sugar  also agreed to postpone its maintenance program from June to October 2017 so that normal sugar production is maintained. With improved rains, the millers expect normal supply of sugar cane from the out growers to normalize which  will result into increased sugar production

The minister informed the Press that Kenya and Rwanda have obtained duty remission import of 100,000 and 70,000 MT respectively which willl address the regional shortage that has partly contributed to the problem.

The Ministry will continue to monitor sugar supply stocks from millers, distributors and retailers to ensure that the retail price of sugar does not exceed UGX 5,000 per kilogram.

Millers shall provide the Ministry with monthly stock levels and streamline distributing of sugar to their registered agents.

The Millers pledged to give priority to the domestic market so that the consumers are assured of a stable sugar supply.


With the above position, the Ministry is convinced that the sugar supply situation should stabilize by the end of May 2017 and market speculation should not arise.

The Ministry, therefore, strongly condemned any continuous hoarding and speculation in the sugar market in the country.

In her statement,the Minister stressed that if the malpractices persist, the Ministry will be compelled to revoke trading licenses of the culprits.

The Ministry will closely monitor the sugar market situation and will take alternative measures to ensure that stability in the sugar market prevails.

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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)



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.

Read: MInisters Speech at BUBU Policy Launch.pdf

       Prime Ministers speech at Launch of BUBU.pdf



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

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