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Uganda to Ask Russian Fertilizer Producers to Localize Production, Foreign Minister Says

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Russia has doubled its fertilizer exports to Africa over the past five years, with the country's market share on the continent reaching 12%, the Russian Association of Fertilizer Producers said earlier in the day, adding that Russian companies plan to increase shipments.
Uganda wants Russian fertilizer producers to localize their work in the country rather than importing such products, Ugandan Foreign Minister Jeje Odongo told Sputnik on Thursday.
"But we would prefer that rather than importing, that we work with the Russian authorities and private enterprises to actually come and establish manufacturing facilities in our country, because the resources, the raw materials for the manufacture of fertilizers are in abundance in our land, so we would rather they came and manufactured in our country," Odongo said.
Farmers apply fertilizer to the soil before planting rice in Krasnodar, Russia. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 27.07.2023
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The minister added that Uganda hopes to find a solution together with Moscow to be able to have access to Russian fertilizers.
"Well we hope that in the course of this [Russia-Africa] summit and the bilateral discussions that I have just mentioned, we will have an opportunity, as a bilateral arrangement, to see what we are able to do with Russia in order to be able to have for our country access to Russian fertilizers," the minister said.
Recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia is able to replace Ukrainian grain and will continue to supply grain and fertilizers to African countries despite sanctions.