By Bernard Masereka
STAKEHOLDERS in the grain industry have expressed concern about the limited warehouses in the country.
Harriet Nabirye, the country manager for Eastern Africa Grains Council (EAGC), said the warehouse receipt system was still inadequate.
Nabirye was last week speaking at Hotel Marghareta in Kasese during a grain business forum preceding a grain show organised by the council.
The forum was organised under the theme, â€œEnhancing competitiveness in the grain value chain.â€™
Eastern Africa Grains Council is a regional membership organisation with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
Due to limited storage facilities in the country, Nabirye said, grain producers continue to sell their harvests at very low prices.
She said it was important that farmers were encouraged to sell their produce collectively so they could earn good prices.
The country manager reported that the World Food Programme had promised to construct warehouses in some parts of the country to facilitate the grain storage systems.
She added that the Eastern Africa Grains Council had successfully regulated and licensed partners in the grain industry in Kenya.
The grain show which was held at Nyakasanga Stadium, is the first of its kind in Uganda and included field visits, exhibitions, a business forum and a dinner at Hotel Marghareta.
Exhibitors included the World Food Programme, Fica Seed, Nile Breweries, USAID Lead, Grain Pro Inc, Kenya, the Housing Finance Bank, UNADA, Technoserve and Opportunity Uganda.