Uganda: no restrictions on pork imports
The Ugandan government has announced that it will not
restrict or ban imports of pigmeat from foreign sources for protecting
The Ugandan Department of Agriculture said that it has been under pressure
from pig producers throughout he country, who continue to call upon the
government for a ban - to protect the country's still fledgling pigmeat
The Ugandan government
however, said that it will continue to resist this call, claiming that most of
the imported pigmeat is in processed form, and that the country does not produce
enough pigmeat in this form, so that a stoppage of imports will not help the
consumers very much, apart from substancially raising the prices of processed
pigmeat on the domestic market due to a resulting scarcity.
Ugandan government's view is that, as the country's production of processed
pigmeat items continues to go up, and producing units become more
cost-effective, the quality and quantity of domestically produced
processed pigmeat will go up, prices will go down.
As a result,
then locally produced processed pig items will be able to compete more
effectively with imported pigmeat items, and with time locally produced pig
items will be able to replace imports.
Department of Agriculture says that although no new legislation is required as
per now, to control pigmeat imports, laws already exist which can be used to
stop or restrict imports of pigmeat and other items, such as pig breeding
This can be done by stopping imports from countries which may
be viewed as a possible health risk to the Ugandan pig stock population and the
people of Uganda.
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