Nakakande Khadija, the Communication Officer of National Agricultural Advisory Services –NAADS told URN in an interview that the Nwoya Fruit Processing Factory project is a presidential pledge to the people of Nwoya and that it shall benefit over 5,000 fruit out-growers in the district who are growing mangoes, oranges and guava.
the National Agricultural Advisory Services – NAADS has earmarked UGX 19 billion to
construct a fruit processing factory in Nwoya district.
The project whose main objective
is to add value to the abundant fruits in the district and the entire region is
a partnership between NAADS and Delight Uganda Limited, manufacturers of Cheers
juice, Nwoya Fruit Growers Cooperative Society and Nwoya district local
Khadija Nakakande, the
NAADS Communication Officer in an interview told Uganda Radio Network - URN that the Nwoya Fruit Processing Factory project is a
presidential pledge to the people of Nwoya and that it shall benefit over 5,000
fruit out-growers in the district who are growing mangoes, oranges and guavas.
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Nakakande revealed that the fruit
processing factory will have the capacity to process 12 metric tonnes of fruits
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She also adds that the procurement
process of the contractor is underway and that the actual work is expected to
start by the beginning of next financial year.
Patrick Okello Oryema, the Nwoya
district Chairman welcomed the project saying the over 5,000 fruits out-growers
in the district will have their fruits ready for harvest in the next two years and
that if there is no ready market, they will have struggled for nothing.
Oryema also appealed to NAADS to
speed up the procurement process since the farmers will have their fruits
ready for harvest very soon.