In a bid to address barriers to grain trade business in the region, Masindi District local government in partnership with Eastern Africa Grain Council have organised is agribusiness expo where policies hindering the sector will be handled.
The regional fair slated for June 21st to 22nd will be hosted at Masindi demonstration centre under the theme: Enhancing value in agribusiness food security and sustainable farm incomes.
The Eastern Africa Grain Council(EAGC) Country Director Dr. Agnes Apes called for the lowering of trade barriers among member states to enhance grain trade business cross borders saying this will increase the efficiency for moving grain from surplus zones to deficit zones.
She was however optmistic that the planned agribusiness expo will be a platform for farmers,traders and stakeholders the grain value chain dialogue for better trade regime.
“This expo is meant to show case innovations, technologies, market for products, training ground for farmers to learn about value addition and standards,”Apea said.
EAGC Country Program Manager Kiiza Kizito pledged total commitment to facilitating better trade and policies to improve grain quality and promotion.
Kizito noted that last year Uganda lost close to 600,000 metric tones to grain export to Kenya due to presence of aflotoxins.
Suppliers if agricultural inputs, machinery and equipment, service providers. Trade commissioner Dr.Mutambi emphasized the need for adoption of innovations to enhance trade in grain business.
He said Ministry is working on a boll that will harmonise grain standard. The Eastern Africa Grain Council is Regional organisation with membership drawn from across the Eastern and Southern Africa.
EAGC facilitates efficient, structured and profitable grain trade in Eastern Africa.
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