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Museveni Meets Wrangling Diary Sector Players

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The President was meeting representatives of milk traders, dairy farmers, milk transporters, milk processors and ranchers who called on him over the weekend at his country home in Rwakitura, Nyabushozi County, Kiruhuura district.

The cattle corridor area includes a number of districts from Kigezi, Tooro, Ankole, Bunyoro and Buganda regions.

President Museveni advised the different stakeholders in the dairy industry to engage in constructive dialogue in order to promote that sector in the country to yield positive results for the industry rather than entertaining conflict among themselves.

A few weeks ago, the State Minister for Animal Husbandry, Bright Rwamirama issued a directive banning selling of unprocessed (raw) milk by all milk dealers/middlemen.


Rwamirama said this was aimed at protecting the quality of milk in the country.


This meant that it would be only the owners of processing plants having rights to but milk from the farmers.


This caused some form of monopoly leading to a sharp fall in milk prices as processers started cheating farmers.


The price of milk which was shs800 tumbled to around shs300, causing a huge public outcry especially in the cattle corridor.


Milk is a source of income for millions of people in West and South Western Uganda.

Museveni urged the milk processors, traders and farmers to find lasting solutions to the disagreements on the pricing of the milk in Uganda and in order to attain a win-win situation for the good of every stakeholder in the dairy sector.

On the issue of drought and the resultant lack of water for animals, the President said that government would provide tractors to the districts in the cattle corridor to ensure that the farmers in those areas have enough dams to sustain the animals throughout dry spells.

President Museveni later took his guests on a tour of his farm to show them especially how to grow fodder and land partitioning with a view to have them appreciate the maintenance of enough feeds for animals throughout the year.

The meeting was also attended by State Minister for Animal Husbandry, Mr. Bright Rwamirama , the area Member of Parliament, Hon Fred Mwesigye, Kabula County Member of Parliament, Hon. Kakooza James, Kiruhuura district LC5 Chairman, Rev. Samuel Katugunda and representatives of all milk processors and exporters in Uganda.

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