The Agricultural Business Initiative has launched an incubator AGRIPARK Project in Namanve in partnership with CURAD. The AGRIPARK which was opened during a ground breaking ceremony at Namanve aims at processing horticulture products for both local and export markets.
The launch of the project follows a 2018 partnership established between aBi and CURAD to implement a project entitled, “Agribusiness Incubator and Agripark”. Under the project, this AGRIPARK processing facility in Namanve will follow a model which focuses on market identification for a particular product before organizing farmers and building their capacity in production and marketing.
The partnership with CURAD is directly in line with aBi’s objective of promoting value addition and creation of youth and women employment opportunities. In particular, this initiative is to support the promotion of value addition to agricultural products and scale up local processing of food products by establishing an agri-park with over 10 processing lines targeting both the export and domestic retail market; and to support production and export of fresh horticulture products. The agri-park will also provide other services to local processing companies at the agri-park to grow their business. It will also provide opportunities to students and internships to acquire practical agribusiness skills.
In her speech, Josephine Mukumbya the aBi Group Chief Executive said that the agripark project was going to overcome problems and challenges faced by Ugandan agri-businesses and processing companies by providing space, equipment for hire and market driven business development services to help grow these businesses into formalized SMEs, ready to enter and survive in a competitive environment. Mukumbya urged these actors to diligently use the facility to create sustainable agribusiness enterprises.
Mr. Segawa Apollo, Executive Director, CURAD commended aBi for the support in setting up a facility dedicated to the horticulture value chain. He further explained that the fully certified facility will be used to store, clean park and supply horticulture products to the different markets.
The event brought together several key actors ranging from funders, aBi partners and government representatives.