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Museveni Rings In Industrialisation At The Start Of 2020

Sunday, 6th January 2030
Museveni rings in the industrialisation decade for Uganda in line with Vision 2040

The call for the urgent need for industrialising Ugandan agricultural products has been made by President Yoweri Museveni in his New Year Address of 2020.While referring to efforts to secure markets for raw or semi-processed agricultural products, Museveni said there was need to broaden the final outputs from many agricultural products. He cited the example of sugar, pointing out that there were many other uses of sugar than just as a tea or coffee-sweetener. He urged Ugandan entrepreneurs to look into the possibility of a sugar industry which could produce a wide range of sugar products. Sugar in more refined forms was needed in the sweetening of soft drinks such as Coca Cola. It was also an essential element in the manufacture of medicine;including syrups produced by local Ugandan pharmaceutical companies such as Quality Chemicals. Refined sugars in pharmaceuticals would particularly be useful in the manufacture of medicinal syrups for children. Neither were diversified needs of sugar limited only to human medicines or consumption. Sugar molasses, he said, had potential uses in animal diets as well.

Museveni referred to another common Ugandan agricultural product namely, maize. He challenged Ugandan entrepreneurs to think of maize beyond its mundane use as flour for posho (kahunga).  Putting maize under slightly more sophisticated processing than flour-making, yields industrial starch and pharmaceutical grade starch for making tablets in medicines.With yet other industrial processes, ethanol, a green fuel, can be extracted from maize. He commended the increased volumes of raw maize from agriculture which he said would encourage worthwhile investment in such industrial processes.

The President cited another example of an under-exploited agricultural product available in large quantities in many parts of Uganda in raw form, namely milk.Because milk is marketed in its raw form, Uganda is burdened with a heavy import bill associated with this domestically abundant product. Ugandan shops are awash with imported baby formulae for infants; while her milk is sold at throw-away prices. Ugandan investment in her milk industry would ensure not only a wide-range of milk products including baby formulae. Such industrialisation would save the country precious foreign exchange which it currently spends on importing milk products to meet the demand of the Ugandan market.