Fruits and Vegetables production and processing

Start a business in Uganda in fruits and vegetables production and processing.

The agronomic conditions in Uganda are favourable and there is considerable scope for increased production of fruits and vegetables. The country is able to produce all year round and has plenty of land and relatively cheap labour. There is potential for production of exotic, off-season fruits and vegetables and organic products like pineapples, apple bananas and passion fruits.

Fruit processing

There are limited fruit processing industries in Uganda. There is demand for fruit juices for outstrip production. In order to meet this demand, a range of fruit juices are imported into the country. This is a strong indication of the existence of investment opportunities in fruit juice processing, for local and export markets.

The establishment of a general-purpose fruit-processing factory, handling different fruits as may be available, is one big area for investment.

Vegetables

The market for fresh chilled and frozen vegetables especially mixed legume vegetables like snap beans, asparagus is expanding. This requires investment in chilling and freezing facilities and being able to produce the vegetables on a large scale to avoid fluctuations in exports.

Opportunities exist in growing tropical and baby vegetables, which have significant production advantage. This will require investments in integrated production and marketing systems by large-scale growers, linked to organized groups of outgrowers.

Opportunities exist also in setting up of cold storage facilities with grading and sorting facilities for both fruits and vegetables.


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