Ugandan Mineral Reserves
The United States Geological Survey 2010 report on the mineral industry of Uganda noted that the country was not a globally significant producer or consumer of minerals. Nevertheless, in recent years Uganda has produced cobalt, gold, iron ore, lead, niobium (columbium), steel, tantalum, tin, and tungsten. The country also produced such industrial minerals as beryl, gypsum, kaolin and other clays, lime, salt, soapstone, and vermiculite, and building materials such as cement, limestone, and pozzolanic materials.
The mining and quarrying sector accounted for just 0.4% of the gross domestic product in 2010. But the USGS noted that Uganda’s mineral industry could expand significantly in the near future, with increases especially in the areas of cement and vermiculite production. Domestic cement consumption could support increases in output; according to the USGS cement demand is expected to double by 2017.
- "2010 Minerals Yearbook, Uganda", USGS, January 2012.