Low maize grain prices were reported in the rural production locations in the country side. In the western region, Kyegegwa, Kabarole, Kamwenge and Kyenjonjo maize grain was demanded low. A kilo of grain fetched Ugx.500-600/kg and the market price is expected low in the near future. The major internal grain market known to the traders remain closed as schools and other centers of education have no hope of opening in the short run.
The unexpected and untimely rainfall received in different locations of the countryside continues to register maize and other staples at different levels of maturity as farmers continue to plant.
Some districts have very high hopes of a bumper harvest. A number of farmers opened up gardens of different crops during the Covid 19 pandemic and in fact continue to care for their plantations.
The maize harvested this season for Kiboga/Kyankwanzi, area has stalled and offered low at Ugx.550-560/ kg. Mubende, Mbale and Masindi registered similarly low maize prices.
The maize price in Kampala declined from the previous week’s price of Ugx.670/kg in Kisenyi/Owino markets to Ugx.650/kg and is expected lower.
The Kenya border grain requirement cannot absorb the entire maize grain currenly supplied. Several traders bought both maize grain and assorted beans from Uganda. More volumes of assorted bean varieties were recorded at the regional produce market in Busia surpassing the maize volumes recorded at 800-900Mt daily. Good quality maize was offered at a stable price of Ksh.21.5/kg compared to the previous week.
More supply of newly harvested beans have arrived to the market. Supply was earlier received from the central region and part of the western region. Now freshly harvested beans were registered from the northern, western and eastern regions. Apparently, the market prices were very stable at the border market of Busia regional cross border market when compared to the previous week.
Yellow beans were offered at Ksh.95/kg, Nambale at Ksh.64/kg, Red wailimu beans at Ksh.55/kg and sugar beans at Ksh.110/kg.
In Kampala, good supply of assorted beans varieties forced the current beans price lower to Ugx.2750-3000/kg at wholesale while Sugar beans (Masavu) from Kabale at Ugx.3300-3500/kg wholesale price. The much desired short Nambale (Nabe) was offered at Ugx.2200-2250/kg in both Owino and Kisenyi Kafumbe Mukasa Road markets. Mixed beans were offered cheapest at Ugx.1500/kg.