KAMPALA, UGANDA — Two U.K.-based companies have partnered with the Ugandan government to provide multiple post-harvesting systems throughout the country.
As part of the $155 million investment, Alvan Blanch Development and Colas UK will manufacture, supply and install the systems, which will help boost crop production and post-harvest handling.
“We will work together to deliver sustainable and environmentally safe methods for improved food and nutrition security, as well as increased employment, export earnings and improved livelihoods for farmers,” said Carl Fergusson, chief executive officer of Colas. “The project also has significant potential to deliver added value to locally produced crops that would normally be exported for processing.”
Vincent Ssempijja, minister of Uganda’s Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries department, said the agreement will supplement government programs already in place.
The ministry is in the process of implementing a five-year strategic plan to improve access to agricultural markets and add value to 12 priority commodities.