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October 28th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Shea butter or Moo yao as it is known in Lango and Acholi sub-regions is an indigenous fruit tree that grows mostly in northern Uganda. Its fat containing kernels are sold both on the local and international markets.

In terms of importance in Africa, its oil is second to palm oil.

Although it has great contributions to local economies, shea butter has not been exploited in the country. This is because the tradition of planting trees is lacking: most of them occur naturally, especially in parklands. See more