Uganda expects to reduce refined sugar import as Kakira factory starts production

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Kampala: Uganda government expects to reduce the import of refined sugar as the Kakira Sugar Works Ltd, a subsidiary of the Madhvani Group of Companies, is all set to commence production of refined sugar.

Refined sugar is needed for manufacturing medicines especially syrups for children and in soft drinks.

Investment minister Evelyn Anite and the group’s director for corporate affairs, Mr K .P. Eswar convened a joint press conference and stated that the mill will produce 35,000 to 50,000 metric tons of sugar that can be used by pharma sector. With the Buy Uganda Build Uganda Policy, the government should safeguard the local producers against the import of refined sugar.

“We will increase production based on the rise in demand. The government should take care of the imported sugar being dumped in the local market to ensure that local mills could run operations to meet the domestic need,” he further added.

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