Agriculture ministry signs deal for post-harvest processing systems

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Ministry of Agriculture PS Pius Bigirimana and Alvan Blanche as well as Colas UK Ltd sign the MOU as HE Peter West, British High commissioner and Honorable Vincent Ssempijja, look on

Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries and M/S Alvan Blanch / Colas Ltd Joint Venture

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

The ASSP provides the overall strategic and implementation framework for the agriculture sector priorities and is aimed at contributing towards the overall development goal of the country in regard to attaining middle income status by 2020. 

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.

This will supplement other already initiated partnerships created by Government to enable private sector to increase investment in processing and value addition.

For example, in FY 2019/20, the Ministry has through NAADS committed UGX 55 billion to set up grain, fruit and feeds processing plants in the districts of Yumbe, Kapeeka, Nwoya and Kayunga.

This partnership also includes Uganda Prisons, Uganda Development Corporation and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives.

The strategic objective of the partnership;

Ø 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.

Ø Procure and install 12 fruit processing plants in identified locations;

Ø  Increase storage facilities to accommodate increased processed output. MAAIF will build 19 bulk storage facilities (Silos) with a capacity of 2000 MT;

Ø 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;

Ø 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

Ø 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.

The objective and scope of this MOU:

This MOU is a framework and defines the agreed basis of cooperation between Government of Uganda and the two joint ventures basing upon which a project proposal in support of value addition and processing infrastructure will be developed in Uganda.

MAAIF has identified sites in the main maize producing districts which do not have silos/warehouses for storage. The identified districts include,

a)    Central:                Kayunga, kiboga, kyankwanzi, Kakumiro,              

    Nakasongola, Kakumiro

b)  Busoga:                 Bugiri, Buyende, Iganga, Kaliro, Kamuli, Luuka,

                               Mayuge, Namayingo, Namutumba, Bugweri

c)    Elgon:                    Bukwo, Bulambuli, Kween, Sironko

d)    Teso:                      Kaberamaido, serere

e)    Acholi:                  Amuru

f)     Bunyoro:               Hoima and Kikuube

g)    Tooro:                   Kabarole and Kyegegwa

The joint ventures will do site surveys, stakeholder consultations, engineering designs, environmental and social impact assessments and mitigation plans and detailed project planning to ensure the project will be both commercially as well as environmentally and socially sustainable.

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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