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Radio Script No 49, 3rd December 2008

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Katovu Albert

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Ø    Plenty of beans supply as maize price drops.

Ø District briefs.


Plenty of beans supply as maize price drops.

The market registered minor price changes this week.  Supply was good for the majority of the commodities but the demand was not good enough to accommodate the supply.

Maize price has finally dropped to Ush.650-680/kg from Ush.725/kg off lorry Kisenyi compared to the previous week. The farmers and traders in most maize production areas of Busoga, Masindi and Kiboga have delivered less grain to the market because most of the grain is not yet dry. Currently, maize grain supplied to Owino, Nakawa and Kalerwe, was offered at Ush1000/kg retail price.

There was an improved supply of Yellow beans from the western region with an average price of Ush1100/kg off lorry. Wednesday recorded the highest supply to Owino market at approximately 45 tonnes.  Stocks of dry large size beans have reduced right from the supply areas to the market and are being replaced by the Rosecoco brand commonly known as “Kanyebwa”. Plenty of fresh beans supply forced the market price low to Ush1200-1300/kg depending on the freshness. Medium and mixed beans supply is gradually increasing on the local market due to the fact that less is being purchased in southern Sudan and WFP contracts thus forcing the market price low.

Cassava chips price is stable and the quality has improved. A sack of 100 kgs sold between Ush.245, 000 and Ush.25, 000 off lorry in Kisenyi.  Cassava flour price dropped to Ush750/kg in some places like Kalerwe, although the market price was averagely Ush.800/kg partly due to the relocation of some Millers from Kisenyi area creating low demand in the market.

Fresh commodities are in big supply in all Kampala markets especially for commodities like sweet potatoes which flooded the market for specific days although supply has not been consistent as a result of transport difficulties causing a surplus. Kabale Irish potatoes sold at Ush.60, 000 a sack of approximately 150 Kgs, while Ssingo sold at Ush.48, 000.  These prices were unusually high because of the upcoming festive period. This has created some scarcity of the commodity in Kalerwe and Nakawa markets. The good supply of the Singo and Masaka crops has kept the market price relatively stable.

 District Briefs.


Most parts of the district remained hot and dry. The dry condition is favouring those people who are trying to slice cassava chips for drying while on the other hand those harvesting groundnuts currently are finding a lot of problems. Harvesting of cassava is also a real task due to the hard ground.

Maize grain remained relatively scarce although some farmers have already begun delivering grain harvested this season. They still have very high moisture content and the seeds are rather smaller. The maize trade is booming in Bweyale where several Indians and other traders have pitched camp buying maize in bulk. The maize is destined for southern Sudan. Meanwhile, locally here in town, petty traders are in for a field day especially roasting maize where a cob is going for not less than Ush.150/=. Much as it is the harvesting season for beans, they are not in plenty really. Farmers are being paid Ush.850 per kilo when they bring the beans up to the trading stores. Due to the sudden onset of sunshine, bean production was affected seriously in most parts of Masindi.

Reports from Kibanda County indicate that farmers who planted cassava are reaping big. The variety locally called “nyalaboke” is on very high demand. The farmers are now selling a quarter of an acre at Ush 400,000/=.


This week there has been an increase in the price of millet which led to a low demand of Choroko (grams). Usually, millet is a delicacy with grams in this particular area. There was a decrease in the maize prices compared to last week. Yellow beans sold at Ush850/kg wholesale and Ush1000/kg at retail. Kanyeebwa went for Ush.800/kg and Ush1000/kg both at wholesale and retail respectively. Lira mix beans were offered at Ush650/kg wholesale and Ush800/kg at retail. Lira black beans cost Ush700 and Ush1000 at both wholesale and retail respectively.  The new season for Simsim has started but the price is still very low. Sun flower attracted customers from neighbouring countries e.g. Kenya and Tanzania as it is an open market unlike last year when Mukwano Industries was the only buyer. So farmers are enjoying this monopoly. Farmers and traders are complaining of the transport costs of the commodities because of the high prices of fuel


The weather was hot and dry. Prices are falling as second season crops are being harvested. The wholesale price for dry cassava chips dropped from Ush.500 to Ush.400/kg while the retail price also dropped from Ush.600 to Ush.500/kg.  This was due to increased supply as farmers prepare for Christmas.  The buying price is between Ush.300 and 350/kg. Large beans (K132) dropped from Ush1,300 to 1,200/kg due to the increase in supply from second season harvests while retail prices remained stable at Ush.1,500/kg. Likewise the maize wholesale price dropped from Ush.600 to Ush.580/kg due speculation about the second season crop which is drying now, while the retail price remained stable at Ush.700/kg. Buying price for maize grain dropped to Ush.530/kg.  Simsim wholesale price dropped from Ush.1, 600 to Ush.1, 500/kg, while the retail price also from Ush.2, 200 to Ush.1, 800/kg. This is due to the current second season crop which has started appearing on the market. The buying price dropped to Ush.1, 400/kg. Millet grain also registered a drop in price from Ush.830 to Ush.810/kg, while the retail price from Ush850 to 830/kg. This is due to an increase in supply from the current harvests. Sorghum grain price also dropped from Ush560/kg to Ush.400/kg, while the retail price also dropped from Ush700 to Ush600/kg.

You can also access market information on MTN, MANGO and CELTEL UGANDA telephone networks by typing the commodity name and sending it to 8198 all networks. For example: Beans, Maize and Coffee.


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