H.E. the President launched Alfasan Uganda Limited veterinary medicine factory on 1st November 2018 to locally produce veterinary medicine of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standard.
Alfasan Uganda became an aBi Implementing Partner in January 2017 and this partnership is envisioned to impact the dairy sub-sector through provision of quality and efficacious medicines, training of farmers on rational use of medicines, provision of training in Business Development Services and hands-on demonstration with the following objectives;
- To scale up local production of veterinary medicines
- To train and increase awareness on veterinary drug use in the market
- Increase local product range manufacturing and offering; and
- To facilitate collaboration with the public and private sector on sustainable livestock sector development.
H.E. the President commended Alfasan and its key partners particularly, aBi, Royal Danish Embassy, and Uganda Development Bank, for this investment and committed government’s support towards the project to enable it realize its full potential.
Mr. David Kabatereine, aBi Trust Board Member, represented the aBi Chairperson at the launch. He said, “this investment was conceived bearing in mind Uganda’s livestock context and the anticipated trajectory of the sector based on a national, regional and global outlook. At a national level, Uganda’s livestock sector is one of the fastest evolving economic sub-sectors. Livestock contributes over 30% of overall agricultural GDP. There is a growing positive trend in terms of demand for both processed and unprocessed livestock products that is correlated with increases in incomes”
He further observed that Uganda is a food basket of the region and this presents enormous agribusiness potential and inevitably highlights gaps that require sustainable investment. Uganda’s livestock is held back by high mortality and morbidity rates, poor animal nutrition, poor animal husbandry practices and low quality genetics all issues that this partnership is set to address through current and future joint funding of this factory activities. Alfasan project will therefore respond to these binding constraints, especially of high morbidity and mortality. “aBi will continue to support such investments in the Dairy value chain to make Uganda the food basket it actually has the potential to become”, concluded Mr. Kabatereine.
The Royal Danish Embassy was represented by Mr. Ulrik Jørgensen, Counsellor/ Teamleader Growth Team who handed over an assortment of assets to the President on behalf of Alfasan.
In brief: Alfasan Uganda Ltd
- Produces human and animal drugs
- To reduce farmer’s costs by 30% – 40%
- $23m investment
- 120 direct jobs
- 2,000 indirect jobs
- To pay sh1b taxes annually
- To save the country $30m per year
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