NAADS Constructs 5MT Mango Factory in Yumbe Districtnaadsadmin
On Wednesday August 7, 2019, the Executive Director of the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) Dr. Samuel Mugasi officially handed over the construction site of Yumbe Mango Processing factory to a new contractor to expedite its expansion and completion.
Yumbe Mango Processing factory is a value addition initiative by the Government of Uganda through the NAADS Secretariat in partnership with Food and Nutrition Solutions Ltd (FONUS) and Aringa Mango Farmers Cooperative Society.
The construction of the 5 to 6 metric ton per hour factory resumed following a directive from H.E the President. Government through NAADS has released UGX8.7 billion to enable the completion of the factory and the funds will cater for the expansion of the existing structure and the installation of the processing equipment.
The construction site was handed over to a new contractor China Huangpai Food Machinery Company (U) Ltd. While handing over the site, the Executive Director of NAADS Dr. Samuel Mugasi implored the contractor to expedite the completion of the site to enable the farmers to benefit.
He encouraged the farmers to take advantage of the factory saying 5 to 6 metric tons per hour requires enough mangoes on a daily basis.
“This factory was designed based on the local mangoes grown in the West Nile region. So I urge the farmers to take advantage of the free mango seedlings distributed by NAADS/OWC and plant more mangoes that will feed the factory”, said Dr. Mugasi
He added that the factory will be a ready market for the farmers. Dr. Mugasi said Coca Cola company has already offered to buy 5,000MT of the mango concentrate per year from the factory.
The General Manager of China Huangpai Food Machinery Company Nelson Ojwiya said the expansion and installation of machinery in the factory will take five months assuring Government that by March 2020, construction will be complete.
The Chairman LC5 of Yumbe District Taban Yassin said the factory is long overdue with many farmers currently being exploited by middlemen.
“The coming of the factory will put a stop to the exploitation of our farmers by the middlemen who buy the mangoes cheaply”, said Taban
Dr. Mugasi confirmed construction works will take 5 months from August 2019, installation of the equipment will take one month and the factory is expected to be ready for commissioning in April 2020.
The factory is established in partnership with Uganda Development Corporation under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives which has built the capacity of the farmers under their umbrella association Aringa Mango Farmers Cooperative Society.
Makerere University conducted a study on the mangoes grown in Yumbe and the neighboring districts and established that they have very good juice.