NEW LAB TO HELP UGANDA BOOST MILK EXPORTS

By Prossy Nandudu

KAMPALA, April 17– Uganda is set earn more foreign exchange from milk exports following the opening of a testing laboratory which meets the International Standards (ISO) 17025 and International Dairy Federation requirements.

The laboratory, located at Lugogo, in Kampala will test milk meant for both local consumption and for export, a senior laboratory technician, Julius Wandera, says.

Wandera adds that there is need to have a milk testing laboratory because those in milk producing areas such as the western region cannot handle the growing investments in the sector.

In the past the sector had few players hence less production for both local and international markets, he told journalists who attended the opening of the milk testing laboratory on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Investment Aston Kajara says the dairy sector now produces more than 1.86 billion litres of milk annually, leading to an increase in the number of the processors to more than 45 plants.

Milk exports are expected to increased from the 13 million US dollars recorded last year to 20 million USD this year, he says, adding that the government is focusing on value addition to expand the market.

Uganda’s milk products are in demand in other East African countries, India, Mautritius and the Middle East among other markets.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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