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Monday, 11 April 2016

East Africa: Comesa Trains Food Companies in Uganda

Ugandan small and medium-sized companies in the food value chain have received a boost from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) through the training of 80 firms. The trained food distributors are expected to start providing products that meet international sanitary and phytosanitary standards. Ugandan companies will now be able to sell their food to supermarkets, hotels, as well as regional and international markets. Comesa Business Council CEO Sandra Uwera said increasing the number of agricultural products sold in regional markets will boost Uganda's share of intra-Comesa trade and improve the country's balance of trade. Ms Uwera said Uganda needs to address the sanitary and phytosanitary standards of its food products to meet international criteria. "Without meeting these standards, businesses can sell within Uganda, but exporting food is out of the question," she said. Comesa is also training food distributors in Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi and Ethiopia.

Source: allafrica.com