Don't Ban Food Export Says Farmer's Federation

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Kenyan and Tanzanian government have imposed maize exports bans as part of the efforts to curb food shortages. The Farmers federation in Uganda however says says Uganda should not follow the same direction.

Uganda National Farmer's Federation says the government should not consider food export ban in response to the food shortages in the country.

Though the Farmer's Federation agrees the food situation is worsening, it is of the view that government should buy and store food for distribution to affected communities.

Sunday Emmanuel, the Uganda Farmer's Federation Executive Secretary says it would be dangerous for farmers if the government instituted a ban on food exports like Kenya did.

He says banning food exports within the region would restrict Ugandan farmers from selling their produce to the East African Community (EAC). 

 Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta recently issued a presidential directive banning export of cereals citing the biting food shortage in Kenya.

But Sunday says the food export ban is not desirable now given that his Federation has in the past lobbied government to provide market for farmers beyond Ugandan boarders.

Augustine Mwenya, the Chief Executive Secretary at Uganda Farmer's Federation says the government should learn lessons from the current food shortages in order to plan better for the future.

One of the urgent needs according to Mwendya is the need to plan for food storage facilities in future.  In the short-term, Mwendya asks government to get money for immediate food purchases.

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The food security analysis done by Ministry of Agriculture  in collaboration with other stakeholders in July 2016 indicated that at national level, the country experienced an average crop loss of approximately 40% for pulses like  beans, groundnuts and , peas and 80% for cereals like maize, millet, rice, sorghum  from the first season harvests. Maize was the most affected according to Agriculture Minister, Vincent Sempijja.
 
The  food security situation in the country ranges between minimal and crisis with 50% of the people of Koboko, Yumbe, Moyo, Maracha, Arua,Zombo.Nebbi, Adjumani, Amuru, Nwoya, Gulu, Pader, Lamwo, Kitgum, Agago, Soroti, Ngora, Amolatar, Pallisa, Buteleja, Rakai, lsingiroand Tororo in in a stressed phase of food insecurity; meaning they access one and half meals in a day.
 
Sempijja in a statement to Parliament in early January noted the need to continue providing Food relief by the Ministry of ·Disaster preparedness. The food according to Sempiija would cost 52.65 billion shillings.  
 
He said government plans to provide seed and planting materials for the rehabilitation of food production system for season one beginning March 2017.

In Kenya, the government there plans to import maize from Mexico to supplement the dwindling maize stocks. Kenyan grain dealers are also flocking the markets in Eastern Uganda in search of maize grain.

Kenya has traditionally imported most of the grains from Uganda and Tanzania.  Tanzania also recently restricted export of maize

 

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