Museveni commissions Kiryandongo Crest Sugar Factory

President Museveni endorses Crest Sugar at Kiryandongo Sugar Factory. Insight is Mr Sarbjit Singh Rai, the Sarrai Group Chairman. (Image: PPU)

President Yoweri Museveni has said that Uganda has a lot of surplus electricity yet to be consumed in many strategic areas of investment particularly industrialisation.

The President said the current surplus power including solar power can be enhanced and be used for pumping water for irrigation for agro-production when the rains are not sustainable.

“Sarrai Group proprietors are focused on innovation in investment. They gave me an idea that the surplus power can be utilised at the cost of three cents and pump water from water reservoirs for irrigation at night and be switched off in the morning. I am going to take it up. Irrigation idea is a wonderful idea for agro production,” Mr Museveni said.

The President was on Saturday commissioning Kiryandongo Crest Sugar at Kimogora A village in Kakwonkwo Parish, Mutunda sub-county in Kibanda North constituency, Kiryandongo district.

The new sugar factory that sits on 13,000 acres of land started sugar cane plantation in 2018.

The factory currently has maximum processed sugar capacity of 4,000 tonnes per day and employs about 5000 people and projects to employ up to 8,000 workers as the production increases in future.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony the president assured Ugandans that the government will continue supporting industrialisation policy of the country.

“We want to support industries because they develop other fields like road infrastructure. Government programmes like Parish Development Model, Emwoga…the money injected in them originates from investors’ taxes and revenue paid to the government,” he said.

Mr Museveni observed that development is like a chain link.

“Industries provide employment to the citizens who then access cash for family economic empowerment; transport system enables government to collect taxes through fuel consumption. The core of development has also arrived here in Kiryandongo and to the grass root Mutunda area,” he said.

The president also told them that the government will coordinate the program of connecting electricity to area, build a seed school and a health centre for the increasing population to access services.

He tasked the Omuhikirwa (Prime Minister) of Bunyoro Kingdom, Andrew Kirungi Byakutaaga Ateenyi, to continue uniting the people of greater Bunyoro being the area that hosts many tribes.

The Chairman of Kiryandongo Sugar Factory, Mr Sarbjit Singh Rai of Sarrai Group, informed the president that the company has trained about 150 local farmers in the best practiced techniques to achieve higher yields of sugar cane growing.

The total amount of monies into the investment is US $ 60m, he said.

Bunyoro Kingdom, government officials together with the entire population in the area said that the factory has been built in an area which used to be a forest.

They said that the commercial project has caused infrastructural development.

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Mr Francis Mwebesa, said commissioning another sugar factory was another important historic event for the country.

He appealed to the investors to work closely with the local people and district administration to protect and promote the investment.

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