The Ugandan government has earmarked Shs19 billion (€4.56 mln) to establish a fruit factory in Nwoya District. The factory, with an expected output of 12 tonnes per hour, will add value to the mangoes, oranges and guavas that are grown not only in Nwoya District, but also across Acholi Sub-region. The funds are made available through the National Agricultural Advisory Services (Naads) programme.
Ms Khadija Nakakande, the Naads spokesperson, said the installation of the processing equipment will be done in phases, starting with eight metric tonnes per hour for mangoes and oranges, and later four tonnes per hour for guavas.
“Our aim as Naads is to increase production for the import substitution through value-addition, improve incomes of farmers and their families. We shall still continue supplying seeds to the farmers,” she said, adding that everything, including land, is ready for the works to begin, and that commencement of construction works had only been delayed by the Covid-19-induced lockdown.
“The works would have started exactly at the start of this financial year, but we have been held back by the nationwide lockdown since our team that was meant to travel to the UK to inspect the plant before shipping could not travel in March due to the global travel restrictions,” she added.
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