Uganda: Onion farmers in Rukiga district face losses due to price drop

Updated Oct 8, 2022
Onion farmers in the Rukiga district of Western Uganda blame the sharp price drop on a number of factors, including the massive importation of onions from neighboring countries. Onions in Rukiga district are mainly grown in Karorwa and Nyakasiro areas in Bukinda Sub-county, Ibumba, Kahama and Kahanda in Rwamucucu Sub-county, and Nyakitabire in Muhanga Town Council.
According to several farmers, the Ugandan market is importing much more onions from countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This, they say, has affected the local market and led to losses for Ugandan producers: a kilo has fallen from Ugx 4,000 (€1.06) to Ugx 1,500 (€0.40). In addition, the farmers say, a parcel of onions that was previously sold for Ugx 500,000 (€133), now trading between 150,000 (€39) and Ugx 200,000 (€53). These onion ...
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