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It makes no economic sense to ban grain exports - 11 months ago, 7 Mar 07:41

By: Charles Onyango-o ...

About two weeks ago, Gen Salim Saleh, Uganda’s presidential adviser on military affairs, and co-ordinator of Operation Wealth Creation, pushed for the Uganda government to ban the export of unprocessed grains. Gen Saleh, who is President Yoweri Museveni’s younger brother, said that, “Due to lack of enforcement of standards and open border policy, Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudanese informal traders flock the villages from border to border in search of low priced unprocessed grains. “As a result, Kenya, a country always in deficit, formally exports more grain than Uganda. Unless addressed, Uganda will remain a source of cheap, poor quality grain to the region and investors will continue to lose out in spite of their contribution to the national coffers,” he said. According to Gen Saleh, last November, “Uganda exported more than 600 tonnes of unprocessed sorghum, more than 3,000 tonnes of maize, 9,000 tonnes of beans and 2,000 tonnes ...
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