UK firm to install post-harvest systems for Ugandan farmers

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The Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries is implementing the Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan (ASSP 2015/16- 2019/20) a 5 year strategy for the development of the Agriculture Sector, and is in line with the National Development Plan 2.



One of the priorities under the ASSP is to improve access to agricultural markets and value addition for the 12 priority commodities (maize, beans, rice, tea, coffee, bananas, dairy, fish, livestock, meat, fish and vegetables) and 4 strategic commodities (oil palm, oil seeds, cocoa and cotton).



Under the grains value chains, the Government acknowledges that there is need to increase grain processing capacity while improving post-harvest handling and management to match the crop production levels in the country.
This will also increase farmers access to regional and international markets
In the same spirit, the Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has partnered with two (02) UK companies, i.e. M/S Alvan Blanch Development Company and Colas Limited who have formed a Joint Venture to manufacture, supply, install and commission multiple post-harvest processing systems. The partnership will also include delivery of related trainings and construction of Associated Infrastructure.



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The strategic objective of the partnership
Improve the value of agricultural produce through installation of value addition facilities:
The Ministry will establish collection centers for priority commodities by buying and installing 112 batch drying, cleaning and grading systems of grains, cereals i.e. maize, rice and pulses i.e. beans, soya beans across the country.
Procure and install 12 fruit processing plants in identified locations;Increase storage facilities to accommodate increased processed output. MAAIF will build 19 bulk storage facilities (Silos) with a capacity of 2000 MT;
Avail more food to humans and feeds for livestock, poultry and fisheries. The ministry will procure and install 10 milling plants and 9 feed processing plants in strategic locations after carrying out the necessary feasibility studies;



Development of Community Based Agro Processing capacity for Self-Employment and Uplifting of Local Community through engaging farmer groups. Private Public Partnership will be established with registered farmer groups and Private farmers to run this infrastructure; and
The Ministry will inculcate a culture of bulking for value addition and better marketing strategies to those selected farmer groups that will partner in this arrangement.



Financing:
The joint ventures shall seek to secure 85% total financing of the project from the UK Export Finance (UKEF) utilizing funding via an export credit facility being offered by the UK Government and 15% will be Government of Uganda Contribution.

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