By Prossy Nandudu
The Dairy Development Authority is to engage the Algerian government to buy dairy products from Uganda. One of the products to be positioned is powdered milk because of its long shelf life.
This was revealed by the executive director of DDA Akankiza Samson Mpiira, in a recent address to the press, while releasing the report on the performance of the sector in the last 12 months, at the media center.
He explained that the meetings that will go through out this month (March 2023) will involve the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, Dairy processors, senior veterinary officials from the ministry, who will also travel to Algeria for further engagements.
“We shall have a business to business meeting and joint commission with a team from the Algerian government to agree on which products to export, taxation regimes but most importantly how our dairy products can reach Algeria,” said Akankiza.
He explained that Algeria’s dairy production is low compared to their consumption, which stands at 8b liters of milk annually. Most of the milk is imported, added Akankiza.
“We are offering a better preposition in terms of quality, our milk is organically produced from cows that only feed on pastures, meaning it is highly nutritious, which makes it more competitive in the market,” said Akankiza.
The initiative will provide an alternative market to Uganda’s milk, following a fresh ban on milk exports to Kenya by Kenya Dairy Board.