Denmark to boost Uganda’s agriculture sector

Tuesday September 14 2021
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The visiting team of delegates from Denmark during the breakfast meeting yesterday. PHOTO/COURTESY

By Tom Brian Angurini

Denmark has promised to work with local farmers to boost agriculture in Uganda given the countries’ continued trade.

According to data from the United Nations Comtrade database on international trade, the country’s biggest exports to Denmark last year were oil seed, oleagic, fruits, grain, seeds, coffee, tea, mate and spices, fish, crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic invertebrates.  

This information was revealed by Mr Nicolaj A. Hejberg, the Danish ambassador to Uganda, while introducing a Danish food and agriculture investor’s delegation in Kampala yesterday.

“Our goal is to promote increased trade between Uganda and Denmark especially in agricultural value chain where Danish companies sign partnership agreements with local companies to improve production and quality,” he said.

He said the Danish companies partnering with local ones come with state of art modern equipment that will greatly improve production.

Mr Helberg pledged his government’s support in availing information to potential Danish investors about Uganda so that trade between the two countries grows stronger.

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He added that trade between Uganda and Denmark is growing despite the slowdown of global business and investments caused by the outbreak of Covid-19. 

Uganda’s exports to Denmark was worth $978,000 (Shs3,4b) in 2020, according to the United Nations Comtrade database on international trade.

Uganda imported agricultural or poultry-keeping machinery from Denmark, worth $12,000 (Shs42.3b) in 2020.

Mr Tom Mugenga, the director of Rosebud flowers, said Denmark has a very long and strong agriculture tradition making them one of the leading countries in the world with modern agricultural production so partnering with them will boost local companies.

“There are so many opportunities that this country offers in terms of its agriculture production so the Danish with their modern technology will greatly change us from subsistence agriculture production to modern one,” he said.

Mr Mugenga called on Denmark to lobby other European Union countries to import and reduce taxes on Ugandan agriculture products since most of them are organic.   

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