Photos: Ugandans Urged On Local Products


rx sans-serif; color: #222222;”>The call was made by the Director of research in the Ministry oftreat sans-serif; color: #222222;”> Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Opolot Okasasai, while officiating the closing ceremony of the 2 day flowers, vegetables and fruits expo at UMA show grounds in Lugogo.

“I don’t see many Ugandan juices and wines in the supermarkets but rather those from countries like Dubai and Egypt. Why can’t we borrow a leaf from the Senegalese who use their home products for baking their breads? They have 40% of the by-products homemade unlike here where all by-products for bread are just imported,” pointed out Opolot.

Opolot visits Mairye estates stall

He decried the declining trend in flower growing in the country stressing that Uganda is now going down unlike the past where the country was being ranked among those practising flower growing.

“We started growing flowers in the 1980s and we had moved to a higher level but after some time, we declined. We need to go back to the drawing board because our potential remains to be exploited.”

Opolot visits Rosebud stall

Opolot further expressed concern over the unfavourable balance of trade that Uganda enjoys stressing that Uganda imports more adding, that this trend of affairs is not health for the economy.

He, however, revealed that works are in high gear to accomplish a cold room at Entebbe Airport which he said would be useful to exporters of perishables including flowers.

Over 20 companies engaged in flower growing, vegetables, fruits and fertilisers participated in the two-day expo organised by journalists; Job Mwesigwa and Rogers Atukunda.


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