The Kayunga pineapple processing plant is expected to create more than 200 direct and more than 10,000 indirect jobs for local residents and spur growth in the area. Via NAADS, the government has fully installed value addition - fruit processing equipment that will ensure quality products that will fetch more money leading to improving farmer’s livelihoods and incomes.
Robert Kibirango, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NAADS, says solar a water pumping system has been installed for access to water as construction work of the value addition facility in Kayunga district is 80% complete.
Kibirango: “When you have the value chain in pineapple that means the market price and of the end product is going to be a little bit up . We are sure of long shelf life, we are sure of better prices, that’s why government came in to make sure that there is this processing plant.”
NAADS is providing the equipment while the proprietors Sem Agrotech and Entebbe Miracle Centre are building the factory structure.
Through commodity clustering, NAADS provides the necessary equipment depending on common crops/plants grown in a particular area.
Kibumba Moses a farmer says 2000 pineapple farmers under their Kayunga district pineapple farmers association from Kayunga, Kangulumira and Busana sub counties will benefit from the processing plant.
In the past 6 years, NAADS has contributed towards the industrialization agenda by supporting farmers associations with value addition equipment and facilities with the aim of improving farmer’s livelihoods and incomes, providing market opportunities to farmers and contributing to import substitution.