Uganda - 3.5 Food and Additional Suppliers

Food Suppliers

The Ugandan agricultural market is very competitive and vibrant comprising of both large and small scale agricultural and processing firms (business entities): Uganda (UGA) Exports, Imports, and Trade Partners

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  • Typical food crops consist of plantains, cassava, sweet potatoes, millet, sorghum, maize, beans, groundnuts, and sesame, also livestock and export crops (coffee, cotton, tea, and tobacco).
    • Some high value crops (e.g., cut flowers and certain vegetables and fresh fruits, are also being exported.
  • The agricultural products are regulated by the weather and produce comes from all the regions of the country, except Karamoja.
    • Sometimes, the overall supply does not meet demands pending climatic conditions causing shortages both at the household level and at the market levels.
  • Bulk products are readily available in Uganda from a number of both local and international suppliers.
    • There is high competition in the supply market between the large-scale suppliers who have warehouses, machines, and the capital to finance their activities and the small-scale entities that lack machines and have to acquire loans to run their business.
    • The major Ugandan food processing companies include; Sunrise Commodities & Millers, Buyinzika, Unga Millers, Britainia Allied Industries, Mukwano Industries, Kakira Sugar works and Reco Industries.
    • The government, through UNBS requires all food processors and their products to be ISO certified to meet international standards: Uganda National Bureau Of Standards (
    • Other private bodies who are allowed to inspect and certify products are SGS, Chemiphar, Bureau Veritas, Intertek, among others: SGS in Uganda | When You Need To Be Sure


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