Rice Marketing Practices
Trading in rice in Uganda is completely under the private sector. Most of the trading activities are done by middlemen who buy threshed un-milled rice from the farmers at the farm. In some cases these traders meet the farmers at the rice mills.
In 2008, the farm-gate price of un-milled rice was Ug. Shs. 500 to 1,500 per Kg (About 0.5 USD) and the market price of milled rice was Ug. Shs. 1,500 to 2,500 per kg (about 1 USD). Over the years the price has been increasing for example between the year 2008 and 2011, rice prices grew by 40%.
Rice is usually packed in 50 and 100 Kg bags. Some medium and large scale processors however process, package and brand their rice thereby fetching higher market prices ranging from Ug. Shs. 2500 to 7,500 per Kg. and Ug. Shs. 4500 to 10,000 in 2008 and 2011 respectively.