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UGANDAN GOVT URGED TO ALLOW SUGAR IMPORTS TO BRING PRICES DOWN

KAMPALA, uganda's main opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), has advised the government to allow duty-free importation of sugar to lower the escalating price of the commodity.

Party spokesperson Paul Mwiru told the media here Monday it had taken into account the government's explanation of drought as the cause of low sugarcane yields, leading to low levels of production of sugar.

We call upon the government to allow duty-free importation of sugar and at the same time have a ban on sugar exports for as long as the shortages subsist, he added.

The price of one kilogramme of sugar at several supermarkets in the city ranges from 5,200 to 5,500 shillings (about 1.43 to 1.52 US dollars).

In areas such as Kanyanya, Kawempe and Matugga, a kg of sugar which used to cost 3,500 shillings now costs between 6,000 and 7,000 shippings at the shops.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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