millers in Fort Portal City have faulted maize farmers for the poor quality of
maize flour produced.
The maize millers said this during an engagement
on Friday between officials from Uganda National Bureau of Standards - UNBS and Small and Medium Enterprises- SMEs
owners in Fort Portal on product quality and standards.
The maize millers made it clear that farmers supply them with poor quality grains which result into substandard
Musinguzi who owns a maize milling factory says that they buy substandard
grains from farmers who are not sensitized about the quality of produce they
should be supplying to the millers.
He says that
since the farmers are also in need of quick cash, they harvest the maize before it is properly matured or dried.
a maize miller says that UNBS should always carry out sensitization trainings
for farmers to educate them on the quality of produce they should supply to
says that agencies like UNBS should not entirely blame processors for the poor
quality of the flour on the market because its production is a chain starting
from the garden.
Kamusiime, an official from UNBS says that they have always received complaints
on the quality of the maize flour on market for being substandard and harmful
to consumers. She says
that they have realized that the producers are not aware of the standards they
have to follow to come up with high quality produce.