In Uganda’s Ntungamo district, a 1.4 bln shillings (€336,000) pineapple factory has been commissioned. The factory owned by Nyakihanga Fruits and Vegetable Growers Cooperative Society located in Buhanama parish, Nyamukana town council was constructed with support from the Uganda Industrial Research Institute. It was commissioned on Monday by Janet Museveni, the Minister of Education and Sports.
Bernard Mugume Bucooni, the chairman Nyakihanga Fruits and Vegetables Growers Cooperative Society says the factory currently produces 100,000 litres of juice per hour.
Mugume says that the construction of the factory has increased the price of pineapples from 1,000 shillings to between 1,500 and 2,000 shillings. He also says that the number of pineapple farmers has increased from 156 to 32,202 farmers.
According to an article on independent.co.ug, the factory will benefit pineapple farmers from the districts of Rwampara, Sheema Ntungamo specifically in the areas of Itojo, Buhanama, Kayonza, and Rukoni sub-counties.
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