On Wednesday 24/5/2023, the Hon. Twinomugisha Kajwenge representing Nyabushozi County at the 11th Parliament of Uganda put forward to worry about the sharp fall in the Milk prices from Ugx 1000 to Ugx 400 per liter at the farm gate price.
The Milk industry is a celebrated achievement of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) under the leadership of HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – that now Uganda produces more than 2.6 billion liters of milk annually.
Blame is thrown on the neighbors in Kenya for having frustrated issuance of permits for Powered and raw Milk from Uganda according to the statement from the Hon. Bahati David Minister of State for Trade, Industry, and Cooperatives (Industry) revealing that the Ugandan government is in the final stages of settling their trade arrangements with Algeria as an alternative market for milk products.
However, Ugandans are still skipping to attend to H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta’s guidance regarding the boosting of consumption on several agricultural products identified as the 14 production lines in his Musevenomics Concept.
Focusing on Milk, President Museveni observed that Uganda is importing Milk products to the tune of US $4.565 million – which are cheese, butter, ice cream, yogurt, sour milk, cream, etc.
That is how much Ugandans are spending out of pocket on milk-product consumption to satisfy the basic need for food.
I believe that if the government paid enough attention to the great wisdom in the Musevenonics concept, our economy would be far better by focusing on value addition for import substitution which would have made such blame on our neighbor’s history.
The per capita consumption is only 62 liters annually which is way below the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation of 210 liters per capita consumption annually. With a population of 45 million people, the consumption would be 9.5 billion liters meaning that Uganda would be producing 12 billion liters annually to feed her population.
This is where I draw my request to the Government of Uganda to focus on sensitizing Ugandans about scaling up their milk consumption levels and options for boosting the local investor base through the Uganda Development Bank for import substitution of milk products.
Implementing the above-mentioned strategies, more jobs would be created for the youth and women, while increasing revenue for the government and improving the livelihoods of Ugandans.
Conclusively, let us stop blaming Kenya over our falsely to be surplus Milk production and understand the Musevenomics Concept of H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
Written by: Kintu Moses . A.