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Title:The impact of a liberalised trade regime on the potential for agricultural value addition in Uganda
Author:Bakunda, GeoffreyISNI
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:agricultural trade
trade policy
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
Agriculture--Economic aspects
Value added
Free trade
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eastern_africa_social_science_research_review/v024/24.2.bakunda.pdf
Abstract:This paper reports the findings of a study on Uganda's experience with import liberalization of agricultural products since the 1990s and how this has impacted on agricultural value addition potential. The results show that liberalization of the agricultural trade regime in Uganda has resulted in phenomenal growth in imports of agricultural products, particularly the processed ones. The scope of the tariff lines has also expanded sharply. Second, almost all potential agricultural value addition possibilities were being supplied by competing imported products with import levels likely to increase. The locally produced value-added agricultural products had very limited competitive space and in many cases were already swamped by imported ones. Last but not least, agro-processing ventures seemed to have experienced declining competitiveness due to increased competition from agricultural imports resulting in declining demand and sales, market share and profitability. To reverse this trend, the study observes the need to accord additional protection to the agricultural sector and to implement specific measures to boost the competitiveness of agro-processing investments. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]