Uganda invites Kenya team to dialogue on milk exports impasse

Uganda has invited Kenya’s Agriculture and Trade ministerial teams to Kampala for dialogue in an overture to clear the trade tiff over Ugandan milk imports to Kenya.

Two months ago, Kenya slapped a seven percent levy on milk imports from Uganda, further straining relations between the two EAC countries.

Ugandan High Commissioner to Kenya and the Seychelles Dr Hassan Wasswa Galiwango while extending the invite said; “Uganda is supposed to export milk to Kenya but there is a problem that will be resolved soon. We have invited the government of Kenya to send a delegation to inspect Uganda milk factories, to ascertain Uganda’s capacity to produce [exportable] excess.”

Mr Galiwango was speaking in Nairobi on Friday during the Uganda Week in Kenya in commemoration of Uganda’s 59 years of Independence.

“There has been suspicion that the milk exported to Kenya does not come from Uganda and that it is imported powder then turned into milk.

‘‘I assure you that Uganda has a lot of dairy animals. We produce more than enough for local consumption.”

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