Minister for Finance Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) Matia Kasaija has appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and other related agencies to employ the system of zoning to ensure improved production of agricultural goods as well the quality of the products.
This according to him will improve export trade earnings and help traders earn more and ensure job creation in Uganda.
Kasaija noted that currently, there is a huge market for Ugandans agricultural products, yet export trade is still very low because Ugandan exporters are unable to ensure consistent production and the right quantity of products.
“The international market has conditions that must be assured for one to access the market. They need consistent supply of products both in quality and quantity for the given period of the contract.” he said
Kasaija advised that for Uganda to improve production, it will need to do zoning for specific areas so that each area can produce certain products in high quantities and over a long period of time
“The problem is farmers are producing small qualities of so many products which are not even consistent. What the Ministry of agriculture needs to do is to organise farmers and ensure quality production” he said.
The Minister was speaking at the signing of a financing agreement with the European Union to help traders of coffee and cocoa export and excess international market easily.
Minister Kasaija further asked Ugandan exporters to move away from exporting raw materials and focus on adding value if they want to earn more and help Uganda become economically empowered.
Kasaija noted that by adding value to goods exported to European Union Markets and other global markets, Uganda will create more jobs here and earn more money from their goods and also help the country to earn more revenue.
According to him, the government together with the private sector has put in place systems and measures to ensure value addition, however traders especially in agribusinesses are not taking advantage of these systems
“We have put up agro-processing industries for animals, fruits and cash crops to help in adding value to these products before they can be exported, however most of our exports are still on raw materials which is hindering growths” he said
The Ambassador EU in Uganda, Attilio Pacifici advised that before Ugandan traders think about processing goods, they should take advantage of the big markets in the EU, America and China that are readily available especially for agricultural products
“However like the Minister said, if you want to have access to these markets, we must ensure reliable supply and formality of the products” he said