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Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association, (USMA) is the body that coordinates the policy and technical activates of the sugar industry in Uganda and acts on behalf of the Government of Uganda in her dealings with the International Sugar Organization.

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Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association, (USMA) is the body that coordinates the policy and technical activates of the sugar industry in Uganda and acts on behalf of the Government of Uganda in her dealings with the International Sugar Organization.

USMA's main objectives are: -

  • Interchange of scientific knowledge, discuss and investigate technical problems related to the production of sugar.
  • Improvement in the accuracy and standardization of methods of factory chemical control.
  • Encourage and assist in the improvement of the technical knowledge of persons engaged in the Ugandan Sugar Industry.
  • Promote research into all aspects of sugarcane agriculture, sugar milling practice, by-product development, and any other field as the Association may consider fit.
  • Increase efficiency and reduce costs of production of sugar and related products.
  • Minimize undesirable effects wherever possible of sugar production on the environment and to promote sound husbandry.
  • Promote the highest level of performance in occupational Health and Safety and in Environmental issues in connection with the industry.
  • Focus on the commercial and legislative aspects of the sugar industry to stimulate sustainable production for the benefit of all stake holders of the industry.

Currently USMA has an enthusiastic membership of 217, comprising technical staff and managers from the various Ugandan commercial producers, independent farmers and government officials.

Other Roles Currently Being Played by USMA: -

  • USMA is a body that represents the interests of the sugar industry, and protects a large pool of work force in Uganda.
  • It consults statutory bodies and advises them on issues relevant to Outgrowers, Consumers, large scale work force and any other issue that is relevant to the industry.
  • USMA advises relevant ministries on ways to protect essential foreign exchange for the country.
  • It also advises relevant Government Ministries and Institutions on the importance of Ethanol and Power generation that may hold the future for the country.
  • USMA monitors quality of sugar produced in the country in line with Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), and brings to the knowledge of UNBS about any sugar imported into the country that may have violated Ugandan Standards.
  • Monitors issues related to the Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) that have a directly or indirect impacts to the Industry.
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Members: USMA has an enthusiastic membership of 217, comprising technical staff and managers from the various Ugandan commercial producers, independent farmers and government officials.

Years of Experience Preliminary meetings were held in 1994, which led to the adoption of a constitution by an inaugural General Meeting held on 20th July 1995. USMA's journey began here

Non-tarrif Barriers Addressed: USMA is instrumental and helping the sugar industry to address the unpresedented non-tarrif babrriers.

Awards More than 15 awrds and recognition for making excellence a habbit.

Sugar Industry

The Uganda sugar industry is one of the oldest industries in the country, with its history dating back to early 1920. By the 1960’s, the sector’s annual production was about 140,000 MT of which 120,000 MT was for domestic consumption and 20,000 MT for export.

However, production declined significantly during the 1970’s because of mismanagement and neglect of the estates. After 1986, the industry steadily picked up following rehabilitation and divestiture programmes undertaken jointly by Government of Uganda and the private sector.

Sugar Production

Over the last 10 years, the sugar industry has been expanding production by an average of nearly 15% per annum, culminating into production of 622,243 MT of sugar in the year 2021.

Sugar Consumption

The GDP (purchase power parity) of Uganda is growing at 3% per annum and per capita sugar consumption is projected to grow from the current 10.5 in 2014 to 12.5 in 2020. The population is growing by 3.2% per annum and it is projected that Uganda will have about 43 million by 2020. These factors will raise the sugar consumption to around 547,000 tonnes while production will have grown to about 641,000 tonnes.

Sugar Exports

Uganda Exports of sugars and sugar confectionery was US$76.03 Million during 2020, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade. Uganda Exports of sugars and sugar confectionery - data, historical chart and statistics - was last updated on March of 2022..

Sugar Prices

The factory gate price of sugar in local currency in 2014 remained relatively stable from March to July, but slightly dropped from Aug to Oct, due to inflationary forces plus unavailability of an export market due to political unrest in Congo and South Sudan, couped with Kenya’s continued refusal to allow sugar from Uganda to enter the Kenyan market. The import parity price of international sugar and the volatility of the US$ have all contributed to the price of domestic sugar.

Licensed Mills

Currently, 34 licenses have been issued by the government of Uganda for sugar production. Of these, 14 are already in operation with a total installed capacity of 46,150 TCD while 3 are expected to start by 2023 and 7 are currently on green-field stage, scheduled to commence production by 2026.

Sugar Policy

The Sugar Act 2020 was passed in Parliament without inclusion of zoning; which continues to create chaos in the sugar industry with a vicious circle of under and over cane supply to the millers and food insecurity, leading to poverty and nutritional deprivation.

Regional Markets

With accession of DRC and South Sudan into the EAC, Uganda expects to increase its export market to these two sugar decift producing countries which are now members of the EAC.

Common Challanges

Lack of free movement of goods in EA market remains a major challenge; Uganda being a surplus sugar producer of 150,000 to 160,000 tonnes of sugar a year. Much of this sugar is exported illegally through porus boarders to Kenya and other sourrounding countries.

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6th Street - Industrial Area
P. O. Box 33479
Kampala - Uganda

+256-414-347498

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