In Kampala produce markets there was an increase in all beans market prices particularly Large Nambale from Ugx.1700-1800/kg to Ugx.1900-2000/kg wholesale price. Short Nambale beans increased from the previous week’s price of Ugx.2000/kg to Ugx.2100-2200/kg wholesale. Yellow beans price also increased from Ugx.2000-2100/kg to Ugx.2300/kg. Other varieties were offered higher such as mixed beans at Ugx.1300-1400/kg, Kanyebwa beans at Ugx.2000/kg, Kahura/Rosecoco esp. from Mbarara at Ugx.1800-1900/kg. Sugar beans from Kisoro cost Ugx.2500/kg.
A lot of supply was delivered to market in search for school fees. The beans harvest enrolled earlier and stocks are still held by the rural stockists. An estimated 700Mt of assorted beans varieties were delivered to Busia Produce border market daily. Yellow beans were purchased at Ugx.2279-2402/kg (Ksh.74-78), Short Nambale at Ugx.1817-1878/kg (Ksh59-61), mixed beans at Ugx.1509-1601/kg (Ksh.49-52), small mixed beans at Ugx.1293-1447/Kg (Ksh.42-47), Rosecoco beans at Ugx.1663/kg (Ksh.54), Wailimu beans at Ugx.1509/kg (Ksh.49) and sugar beans at Ugx.2772/kg (Ksh.90).
Other commodities demanded by transit traders at Busia border post included newly harvested millet grain from the western region at Ugx.2217/kg (Ksh.72), sorghum at Ugx.708/kg (Ksh.33), Cassava chips at Ugx.862/kg (Ksh.27), Simsim at Ugx.4312/kg (Ksh.140), groundnuts at Ugx.4496/kg (Ksh.146), green grams at Ugx.2464-2525/kg (Ksh.80-82) and soya beans at Ugx.2464/kg (Ksh.80).
Good groundnut supply was registered in Owino- Kampala market from different production locations. Notable was supply from Koboko but the quality received from West Nile region was mixed with red and white g/nuts which were offered low at Ugx.3800-4000/kg off truck. Very good quality red groundnuts were registered from Mbarara at Ugx.4400/kg. Other production locations offered groundnuts as follows; Gulu at Ugx.4000/kg, Hoima at Ugx.4200/kg and Busoga at Ugx.4000/kg wholesale price.
At the regional border post produce market groundnuts were demanded by Kenyan transit traders at Ugx.4496 (Ksh.146/kg).
Over 300-400Mt of maize grain daily were purchased through out last week at Busia border post market. Increasing demand for maize daily was reported and inversely the market price declined. Good quality maize grain declined from Ugx.985/kg (Ksh.32) to Ugx.847/kg (Ksh.28.5), fair quality from Ugz.970/kg (Ksh.31.5). The least acceptable quality was offered low from Ugx.924/kg (Ksh.30) to Ugx.800/kg (Ksh.26). Most of this grain was destined for western & central Kenya. (Migori, Mwingi, Malala and Nakuru).
The current season is, however, not expected to yield a lot of grain due to effects of dry weather. Traders have speculated that the current supply can only run for the next 1-2 months and given the opening of the schools’ first term, it might run out shorter than expected. The grain price is expected to be at its highest during May, 2022.
Unusually, greater Masaka region is expected to deliver good maize grain supply because its crop received plenty of the late rain late last year. Mubende crop is mentioned to have received these late rainfall too. Other production locations recorded low/ poor crop yield, such as Busoga, Masindi and Busia/Budama area.
The grain price declined in Kampala from Ugx.880/kg to Ugx.800/kg. Increased supply to market was the main reason for the price decline in this market.
The current high price for passion fruit registered supply from Congo (DRC). Half the size of usual long bag weighing 120-150 kilo from DRC cost Ugx.300,000. The preferred Masaka passion fruit long bag cost Ugx.600,000-650,000 while passion fruit from Kasese was offered at Ugx.250,000.
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