South Korea hands over food processing facility to Govt
By Kitts D.Mabonga
The government of Uganda has commended its South Korea counterpart for donating and handing over a modern state of art food processing and incubation plant of which technology shall boost the food processing capacity and guarantee high quality food products exports within the region.
While handing over the multi million dime food processing technology transfer project [FPTTP] facility during a high level stakeholders launch ceremony that was
held at Protea hotel Kololo, the minister of agriculture animal industry and fisheries [MAAIF] Vincent Bamulangaki Sempijja thanked the South Korean people for the timely gesture.
Hon.Sempijja said the hi tech food processing and incubation center has been set up at the National agricultural research laboratories [NARL] Kawanda in Wakiso district is run under the food Bio science and agribusiness program.
The South Korean technology is meant to improve food and nutritional security through transferring food processing technology to Uganda of which would boost the clean up, reduce spoilage of cereals and process the products to high value products that can effectively compete within the country and regional markets.
DIPLOMACY AT PLAY; The South Korea ambassador to Uganda Ha Byeong-Gyu displays the special medal as awarded to him by the agriculture minister Vincent Sempijja on extreme left as his permanent secretary-Pius Wakabi looks on.
The minister said that this pilot project that shall roll out to cover all the agricultural zones of the country, is jointly implemented by his ministry through NARO and by the Korea rural cooperation [KRC] through the Korea food research institute [KFRI] and Korea International agricultural development institute [KADI].
The minister commended all those stakeholders present at the launch ceremony including the Kawanda based Equator commercial farming and processing Ltd who have taken the front seat in utilizing this technology to process high value pumpkin cereals like the delicious pumpkin composite for porridge, pure pumpkin flour and juices made from pumpkin among others.
Mrs. Florence Kakande who is the chief finance officer with Equator commercial farming and processing Ltd said she was extremely delighted to have joined the new market as first time beneficiary users of this technology and thanked MAAIF staff for allowing them to exhibit what they have so far manufactured through use of this very technology saying she would ensure that they manufacture high quality processed food products that would have a ready market within and around the region.
The South Korea ambassador to Uganda HE.Ha Byeong-Gyu thanked the government of Uganda for accepting to work with his country in the promotion of food processing and incubation agribusiness industry technology that is aimed at helping to build the food processing and incubation sector so that high quality food products can be manufactured for both local consumption and export.
GOOD INNOVATION; Equator commercial farming and processors Ltd chief finance officer Florence Kakande explains to the high profile guests the values embedded in their products.
The permanent secretary of the ministry Pius Wakabi and his FPTTP project coordinator, assistant commissioner Kasigwa Moses both commended the cordial relationship the government enjoys with their South Korea counterparts saying the project would help the farmers gain confidence given that their products are going to fetch more returns as the products would fetch bigger incomes at the market place.
They pledged to roll out the project to cover all the agricultural zones of the country so that the majority farmer community can improve on their livelihoods as they would invest their time and energy in a new modernized agricultural sector.
The project would also be linked to several key ministries, departments and agencies [MDAs] so that its intended goals and objectives are fully attained.