By Prossy Nandudu
Uganda is to export dairy products like powdered milk to Algeria, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries.
This was revealed by the Minister of Agriculture Frank Tumwebaze who is part of the delegation that accompanied President Yoweri Museveni who is on a three-day State Visit to Algeria.
Tumwebaze said Uganda will export powdered milk and coffee to Algeria, and Uganda will import animal health products like drugs from Algeria.
“To our farmers, worry not any more about the market for our dairy, only condition is to perfect our value chain standards which so far been approved,” added Tumwebaze.
To ensure that standards are upheld, Tumwebaze said that the ministry working with dairy development Authority is planning a farmer awareness campaign on standards and quality needed by the new markets, adding that each market has its own protocols, explained Tumwebaze.
“We have to change ways we handle our products so as to comply. The moment we master all that all will be well,” added Tumwebaze through his tweeter handle.
Algeria produces 3.6b litres of milk annually, but the per capita consumption is 110 litres. This means that only 54% is produced by Algeria and the rest is imported from France and New Zealand,.
Currently Algeria’s population is 44 million. It produces 3.6b liters of milk annually, according to the 2020 Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). And that consumption of milk in Algeria stands at 110litrs per person per year.