UGANDA: SUGAR BILL IN THE OFFING TO REGULATE INDUSTRY

KAMPALA, Sept 8 — The Ugandan cabinet has approved principles for a proposed new sugar control law, intended to regulate the industry that has been riddled with controversy.

The information and national guidance minister, Rosemary Namayanja, told journalists that the number of sugar industries had spiralled out of control to over 23, with some only importing and repackaging for re-export.

She said the trade ministry had been tasked to draft the Bill for tabling before Parliament soon.

The Minister of State for Trade, James Mutende, said the proposed law will ensure safety of consumers and harmonise activities in the industry to meet the emerging domestic and regional sugar requirements.

It is also intended to ensure greater accountability to the Government in terms of quality and production standards.

Under the proposed law, the Government will create a national sugar institute to lead research, development and innovations in the industry.

There will also be a sugar development fund, according to Mutende.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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