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Delhi Searches for Machineries for Industrialisation

Thursday, 17th June 2021
New Delhi Mission staff, Ms Sophie Birungi and Ms Joanitah Among pose with a female maintenance mechanic at one of the jean weaving machines

Prior to the second wave of COVID-19, Uganda Mission had reached the final stages of two important investment and business delegations programmes in Uganda and India. While the proposed India to Uganda business delegation has been put on permanent hold until such time as international air travel and other lockdown conditions are relaxed in both India and Uganda, the Mission continued its work in preparation for the incoming Uganda to India delegation. In line with the openings available in India, the Mission conducted site visits to a range of industries in India.

For the Mission, the main focus of these visits was two-fold. The first focus was to visit those industries which are engineering technology firms capable of manufacturing machines needed in the current Ugandan industrialisation drive. The other was to visit those industries which could be attracted to internationalise their investment to a Ugandan location.  Despite the COVID restrictions, the Mission was able to visit some industries in the states of Haryana and Punjab; some of which are highlighted below.

AtAllround (India) Vegetable Processing Machines, a medium-scale machine manufacturing firm, the High Commission team was introduced to agro-processing and packaging machineries. This Haryana-based firm manufactures agro-processing conveyor belts for various vegetables, including tomatoes, onions, potatoes; as well as fruit. The company is an India-based firm with roots and associations with AllroundVegetable Processing BV in the Netherlands. It is one of the clear examples of the success of the Indian investment drive which involves pegging foreign investment in the country under its Make In India programme.  Allround (India) has a large footprint in India, manufacturing agro-processing plants for farmers throughout the country. Beyond India, its machines are marketed in many parts of the world; including Africa.

The cotton, textiles and apparel industry is another aspect of agriculture-led industrialisation which the Mission took into consideration during this visit. The Mission made an on-site visit to Partap Fabrics Pvt Ltd, a medium-sized cotton and textiles manufacturing plant in Ambala, which specializes in production of jeans materials. Starting from the yarn stage, the Mission toured the factory and was introduced to all the processes of turning yarn to jeans. Partap Fabrics Pvt Ltd is located in a rural area, a location of great advantage as it cuts down on many of its costs of production. A visit to the spinning mill was cancelled at the last minute due to a COVID-related death of one of the workers of the spinning mill.

Equally interesting to the Mission was the visit to a battery-producing company; and water wells siltation equipment manufacturing plant. Run by a company which has used its water technologies in Niger, this medium-sized engineering plant brings together engineering expertise in the areas of power as well as solar technologies. These two areas, combined with water siltation technologies, are of great value to commercialisation of agriculture.

A small-scale food technology plant was an example of brilliant futures for Ugandan horticultural products including onions, peppers, gingers, etc.

The Mission continues to sample some of the industries which it hopes will be valuable learning visits for the private sector team expected in India as soon COVID restrictions allow international travel.