Uganda produces 216,000 pairs of shoes by 16,200 enterprises.
Over 80% of local demand for textile products is met through imports of which over 60% is second hand shoes.
There are 14 pharmaceutical companies of which 13 produce human medicines and one manufactures animal medicine (Eramu Uganda). The 13 pharmaceutical industries can only meet 20% of the demand while the one manufacturing veterinary medicines is able to meet 1% of the demand.
Tea production between 2015 and 2016 dropped from 58,588,208 kilogrammes to 39,298,960 kilogrammes. This was partly because there is no substantial domestic market for Uganda’s tea inspite of its international reknown high quality. 7 per cent is consumed domestically.
There are 8 tanneries which produce 2476 tonnes of wet blue leather per month. There is need for a domestic market to induce the tanneries to invest in the making of leather products like bags, belts, shoes, jackets etc. Currently, the tanneries employ…, and would employ…if they are to meet 75% of the local demand.
There are a total of 27 plastics industries that manufacture all types of plastics. However, we still import plastics from both within the EAC and outside the EAC region.
Uganda and Ethiopia are the leading coffee producers of coffee in Africa. Uganda only consumes only 3% of its coffee as opposed to 50% by Ethiopia. The high consumption rate by Ethiopia has stimulated the creation of many jobs in Ethiopia unlike in Uganda. By drinking just 10% more of the coffee produced in Uganda, Uganda could add 7.7 trillion shillings ($2.3 billion) per year to the national economy (Inspire Africa).
In 2015, the import bill for poultry meat was higher than exports by USD 3.06 Million while the import bill for eggs was USD 665 Million higher than exports.
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