Farmers in Kabale are stranded following the drop of milk prices.
Milk prices to customers at all dairies in Kabale municipality have dropped to between 600 to 800 shillings from the initial milk price per liter between 1,200 to 1,400 shillings. The price of buying from farmers to diaries has also decreased from the initial between 800 to 900 shillings per liter to between 300 to 600 shillings.
Emmanuel Rugyendo, a dairy farmer from Kyanamira Sub County in Kabale district says that the down fall of milk prices has left them in a financial dilemma. Rugyendo says that the problem escalated after Kenyan authorities rejected all Ugandan milk and its products from crossing which forced companies that have been collecting milk from Kabale and neighboring districts to Kampala to halt collection.
Elvis Nzeirwe Byonanebye, the director of Nzeirwe Diary who is also a dairy farmer from Katuna town council attributes the downfall of milk prices to Uganda-Rwanda impasse. Byonanebye says that since the border closure in
February 2019, milk prices started shrinking until now when the situation turned worse.