The minister of trade industry and cooperatives has praised the
private sectors for their partnership with the government in the
boasting of trade and ensuring job creation within the country.
Speaking yesterday while laying a foundation stone to commemorate the
launch for Aponye, Uganda limited maize value nutrition, processing
and marketing centre at Bakijulula village Mubende town council.
The representative for the state minister of agriculture, animal
industry and fisheries hon. Bamulangaki Ssempijja in his abscensior
Mr. Okasai Opolot conducted the ground breaking ceremony to plant a
tree as a way of commissioning the project.
While launching the facility in Mubende, trade minister hon. Amelia
Kyambadde thanked Mr. Apollo Nyegahomye the proprietor Aponye Uganda
limited[ the one in a gray suit with the minister laying the
foundation stone] for setting up sufficient facilities to enable value
addition in produce to boast agriculture.
It must be noted that through the grain council of Uganda headed by
Mr. Chris Kaijuka who also graced the occasion, an idea was brought up
that members do expand to local communities so that to reduce on the
middlemen in the grain sector thus Aponye Uganda limited identified
Mubende district as at regional herb for maize and beans and also
expand  its services from Mubende  and with assistance from money
lenders like ABI Trust and DFCUI bank, they  managed to come up with a
proposal to establish a grain cleaning and drying factory that is
under construction in Mubende district partnering with the government
of Uganda to achieve efficient grain storage, food security and market
creations for farmers.
The Buwekula county area mp. Tonny ssemuli tibamalirwa brought out the
challenges farmer in Mubende being one of leading maize grain
producers in country say making early harvests and spray maize with
herbicides hindering the quality of the harvest.
Hon Tonny Ssemuli also reported to the minister the storage as
middlemen in the business community use certain chemicals used in
killing rats for the purposes of preserving the maize thus affecting
the quality and believed the Aponye Uganda limited project will solve
these remedies.
Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde identified pending challenges that are
encountered in such enterprises that need keen consideration like post
harvest management, inadequate quality, power, access to credit and
informal sector hence encouraging the need to formalize the grain
industry if the economy is to grow.
Minister Amelia kyambade  also revealed that the trade ministry in
conjunction with Hafrey and china communication and construction
company are developing a storage infrastructure, ten facilities of
20,00 metric tons  of grain produce and are in progress with the help
of the private sectors.
The minister credited the farmer because they are the main stock
holders of all the arrangements that are being put in place. The
minister thanked also the Nrm government for creating a conducive
environment for agriculture modernization.


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