There is a drastic decline in milk prices across Kampala, with a litre now going for as low as 1,000 Shillings down from Shs2000 before the lockdown.
Sharon Murekatete, the proprietor of New Diary in Bwaise buys milk from Mbarara, Nakasongola, Goma and Bulemeezi. Murekatete says that she used to buy a litre of milk at Shs1600 and would sell it at Shs2000 . She, however, says she is currently buying a litre of milk at Shs800.
Murekatete explains that she now operates to keep the business open but not for profits.
Gordon Kaliisa, a milk supplier told our reporter that besides the lockdown, there is increased competition from big suppliers like Pure Milk and Sibyangu Diary companies. He says these purchase milk from remote areas at the low prices and sells it half price compared to diaries in Kampala.
Nathan Sabiiti, a wholesaler milk vendor in Bukoto noted that he cannot sell milk at Shillings 500 because he knows its value. He says he used to sell over 40 litres of milk a day before the lockdown but only sells 20 litres currently, which he blames on the curfew that was introduced during the lockdown.
Aida Nakanwagi, a regular customer appreciates the drop in the milk prices, saying she can now afford to buy milk every day for iftar.