Teso farmers stranded with their fruits

Soroti Fruit Factory has been experiencing capacity challenges

As Uganda strives to boost agro industrialisation, one key area of interest is juice and food concentrates. Britania Allied Industries, which has been importing concentrate worth $55,000 (Shs209 million) per month, reveals that it is sourcing quality juice puree from within the country.

Ajith Prasad, the general manager operations at Britania: “The quality of the supply we are getting from Soroti Fruit Factory is good. We have since reduced by nearly 17percent our import value of concentrates worth $55,000 each month. We shall gradually replace with local supplies.”

The Soroti Fruit Factory, a joint venture between the state-owned Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) and the Teso Tropical Fruit Farmers Cooperative Union, primarily produces the Teju brand; but with very low volumes.

Unfortunately, the Soroti Fruit Factory valued at $11.4 million has been experiencing capacity challenges, with barely 40 percent of the entire production of fruits in the Teso sub-region being absorbed.

Source: monitor.co.ug

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