President Yoweri Museveni has encouraged Danish agricultural investors to consider setting up agricultural processing and production industries in Uganda as opposed to the costly process of importing agriculture machines.
The President made the remarks yesterday in a meeting with a visiting Danish agribusiness and food tech-business delegation from the Danish Agriculture and Food Council at State House, Entebbe, led by Mr Jeppe Sondergaard Pedersen.
“This part of Africa is right on the Equator and has a high altitude which makes it unique. The people have a culture of agriculture only that they need to be mobilized. Anything can grow here. I am glad you are here because Ugandans can participate in the production process,” he said.
President Museveni assured his guests that the people of Africa had finally woken up adding that they would be able to effectively utilize the new agricultural systems of value addition to their products.
The Danish companies seeking for opportunities to invest in agricultural transformation and share knowledge with Ugandan farmers include Cimbria, which deals in grain handling and storage; Danfos Company which specializes in cold chain and robot techniques; Foss Company that supplies test agricultural equipment; Jyden Company that handles animal housing equipment; Blucher Company which supplies dairy plants and Engsko Company that specializes in supplying modern grilling stones.
The head of the delegation, Mr. Jeppe Sondergaard Pedersen, appreciated President Museveni for the peace and stability in the county and pointed out that it serves as a key factor in their interest to investing in Uganda.
The Danish Ambassador Designate to Uganda, Mr. Nicolai Hejberg, Uganda’s Ambassador to the Nordic countries, Ms. Nimisha Madhvani and her Deputy, Mr. Elly Kamahungye Kafeero, attended the meeting.
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