TRALAC - Trade Law Centre

Uganda: US Senator Asks for Authentic Products

Tuesday, 01 June 2004

Source: New Vision (Kampala)

Ugandan producers are poised to benefit from a multi-billion dollar organic foods market in the United States following the launch of 'Uganda: The garden of Africa,' a new initiative marketing Uganda's organic products there.

Emmy Olaki reports that although Uganda's organic industry is still in the nascent stage, Rosa Whitaker, a former trade assistant in the US government recently said Uganda is Africa's primary organic producer, with more than 100,000 hectares of certified farmland producing cotton, coffee, sesame seeds, dried fruit, avocadoes, pineapples among others.

"There is tremendous growth potential for these products in the niche organic U.S market, and more products are on their way to obtaining certification," she said at the AGOA response office in Kampala.