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President Launches Sh25b Fruit Processing Factory

  • Dec 19, 2014
Published in National

PRESIDENT YOWERI MUSEVENI recently launched the construction of a $10m (about sh25b) fruit processing factory at the Uganda Investment Authority’s Industrial and Business Park at Arapai in Soroti District.

 

The President, who performed the breaking-of-the-ground ceremony and unveiling of the plaque for construction of the plant, strongly encouraged the people of Teso sub-region to grow more fruits to meet the demand of the factory once it is completed.
“I urge every family to grow more fruits because I am told that the seven million trees you have so far planted, may not meet the factory’s demands. It is only a quarter of the total requirement; so plant more fruit trees,” he noted.

The fruit factory is a joint venture between the Government (under the Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) with 80% shares) and the farmers of Teso through Teso Fruit Cooperative Union (TSFCU) with 20%.

The project is a direct government intervention aimed at supporting value addition in fruit processing for promotion of industrial growth, income diversification and increasing household incomes in Teso.

The trade, industry and cooperatives minister, Amelia Kyambadde, said the Government contributed $2.2m (sh5.5b) towards the infrastructure development such as roads, electricity, piped water, waste management and land. The South Korea government, on the other hand, provided $7.4m (sh18.5b) towards the equipment and training of Ugandans, who will be employed by the factory.
The construction is scheduled to commence in November and is projected to be completed in 18 months. The daily production capacity of the plant when fully operational will be 120 metric tonnes of processed fruits. It will mainly process orange juice and orange concentrates.

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