Production capacity at Kyamuhunga tea factory in Bushenyi district is set to increase after it opened a new facility last week.
The factory, officially commissioned by President Museveni on September 19, has already produced more than 1,500 tonnes of tea, with an estimated market value of $2.3m (Shs 5.98bn). A press statement from the company said 70 per cent of the money would go to farmers and 30 per cent to the local service providers.
Currently, the factory employs 140 staff and indirectly benefits 800 households. It has a production capacity of 450kg per hour of processed tea.
“[We expect] production to be well over three million kilogrammes per year,” said Sottie Bomukama, the board chairperson of Kyamuhunga Tea Company Ltd.
At the commissioning, President Museveni said the establishment of the tea factory was a great opportunity for those engaged in the tea industry. He added that it would help unemployed, educated youths to get jobs.
“This investment has indeed been instrumental and will continue to economically impact and empower the population in this part of Uganda. We are looking at such ventures because we believe that their ripple effect can be felt in the economy as aggregate demand increases,” said Equity Bank Uganda’s acting Managing Director Apollo Njoroge. The bank provided funds for the construction of the factory.
Source : The Observer