A new law banning the sale of food stuff to neighboring Kenya is in the offing.

According to Minister of State for Trade, Industry and Co-operatives Micheal Werikhe, the new proposed policy aims at addressing a number of challenges that include shortage of food, lack of good market in the country as well as poor prices offered by Kenyan traders.

He said Ugandans are selling maize, millet, sorghum and other food crops to Kenya every season without restriction.

Speaking at the End of Project Workshop of District Commercial Services Support Project [DICOSS] in Mbale, Mr Werikhe attributed the escalating hunger and poverty in the country to peoples’ attitudes to sell food to Kenya at cheap price.

The minister said although Uganda is a food basket in the East African Region, the country still experiences hunger every year.

He disclosed that the ministry of Trade has started lobbying for good market for farmers to sell their farm produce instead of selling cheaply through middle men.