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Milkman Teaches Children about Environmental Conservation.

This weekend, parents and children who attended the Go Green festival got a chance to learn about environmental

This weekend, parents and children who attended the Go Green festival got a chance to learn about environmental conservation and participate in a free recycling workshop courtesy of VTD dairy’s MilkMan yoghurt – the main sponsor of the 2016 Christmas Green Festival.a-girl-wears-a-mask-made-from-a-used-milkman-can-this-was-during-the-milkman-recycling-workshop-at-the-go-green-festival

The recycling workshop, into which kids were admitted free of charge every round hour simply by presenting an empty MilkMan can, saw them make many awesome items such as spy masks, awesome shakers, cool hats and crowns as well as fancy hair bands from their MilkMan yoghurt cups.

Held annually since 2012, the Go Green festival, which attracts over 10,000 children, is aimed at enlightening the children on the values of conserving our environment through fun engaging activities. Last year, various exhibitors came on board to engage the children in more exciting ways on how to conserve the environment.

Speaking on behalf of MilkMan, Ms. Noa Hameiri, the Chief Marketing Officer, expressed excitement at the opportunity to directly engage children and teach them about environmental sustainability – something MilkMan is very passionate about.

“MilkMan and Go Green share the same eco-friendly agenda and that is the reason as to why we decided to take part in the festival, teaching the younger generation why and how they should conserve the environment and the benefits to their future and the future of the next generation,” she commented.

Hameiri also explained that sustainable environmental conservation and social development are some of MilkMan’s key concerns.

“At our factory in Rushere, we have put in place a state-of-art waste water treatment facility in order to ensure that our operations will not harm the environment,” she stated, adding that MilkMan supports the local community by purchasing all the milk from the farmers in the region thus offering them and their families a stable source of income.

In addition to the recycling tent, Milkman also had 4 points of sale throughout the day where everyone at the festival had an opportunity to purchase all the flavors of MilkMan yoghurt at UGX1,500 for the individual size and UGX3,000 for the family size.

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conservation and participate in a free recycling workshop courtesy of VTD dairy’s MilkMan yoghurt – the main sponsor of the 2016 Christmas Green Festival.

The recycling workshop, into which kids were admitted free of charge every round hour simply by presenting an empty MilkMan can, saw them make many awesome items such as spy masks, awesome shakers, cool hats and crowns as well as fancy hair bands from their MilkMan yoghurt cups.

Held annually since 2012, the Go Green festival, which attracts over 10,000 children, is aimed at enlightening the children on the values of conserving our environment through fun engaging activities. Last year, various exhibitors came on board to engage the children in more exciting ways on how to conserve the environment.

Speaking on behalf of MilkMan, Ms. Noa Hameiri, the Chief Marketing Officer, expressed excitement at the opportunity to directly engage children and teach them about environmental sustainability – something MilkMan is very passionate about.

“MilkMan and Go Green share the same eco-friendly agenda and that is the reason as to why we decided to take part in the festival, teaching the younger generation why and how they should conserve the environment and the benefits to their future and the future of the next generation,” she commented.

Hameiri also explained that sustainable environmental conservation and social development are some of MilkMan’s key concerns.

“At our factory in Rushere, we have put in place a state-of-art waste water treatment facility in order to ensure that our operations will not harm the environment,” she stated, adding that MilkMan supports the local community by purchasing all the milk from the farmers in the region thus offering them and their families a stable source of income.

In addition to the recycling tent, Milkman also had 4 points of sale throughout the day where everyone at the festival had an opportunity to purchase all the flavors of MilkMan yoghurt at UGX1,500 for the individual size and UGX3,000 for the family size.

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President Yoweri Museveni commissions state-of-the-art Pearl Dairy Farms.

His Excellency, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has officially commissioned Pearl Dairy Farms, Ltd, a state of the art dairy farm that manufactures Lato Milk. The commission was also graced by the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.

Speaking at the ceremony, The President Commended Pearl Dairy Farms for both its intensive financial investment in the country and the use of local labor in its operations.

Employees busy at the commissioned Pearl Diary Farms Ltd

“Uganda currently generates 2.2bn litres of milk but only consume 800m litres. We currently sell USD50m per year worth of milk, but with endeavors like this we shall certainly be making six times that (USD300m) in a few years. Surprisingly, we have been able to generate this much milk and yet feed our cattle rather sub-standard grass. If only our people could pay more attention to the type of grass they feed their cattle, we would be doing much better,” Museveni explained.

The President of Uganda HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni with the Pearl Dairy Farms officials pose for a group photo during the commissioning of Pearl Dairy Farms

Pearl Dairy Farms Ltd, the agro arm of Midland Group is built on 15 acres of land with a daily milk processing capacity of 500,000 litres of milk. Pear; Dairies proceses liquid milk to various types of dairy products namely Butter Oil, Ghee, Skimmed milk powder, full cream and other dairy products.

Midland Group started Pearl Dairies Ltd in 2013 and has for the past three years bought over 200million litres of milk from farmers by offering competitive prices amidst seasonal fluctuations and global dairy prices.

Bhasker Kotecha, the Founder and Chairman of Midland Group of Companies expressed his gratitude to the different stakeholders who have played “…pivotal roles…” in the success of the Company.

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“Pearl Dairy Farms is thankful to the Government of Uganda under the leadership of His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for the conducive and attractive policies; both investment and economic that have enabled Pearl Dairy exist and flourish in Uganda,” he said.

“Furthermore, the ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and the Dairy Development Authority have been pivotal with continued guidance. Last but not least, the farmers that have consistently supplied us with high quality milk consistently without waiver- we are eternally grateful,” Kotecha, added.

Devendra Seth, the Company’s Managing Director said they will continue to provide trainings to farmers and cooperative societies and on strategies to stimulate milk consumption.

As part of their quality control measures, Pearl Dairies Limited has also distributed over 2000 milk cans to farmers at no profit in order to ensure clean milk transportation from the farm to the factory. Pearl Dairies Farms Ltd also shares best practices with farmers in milking, milk handling and hygiene.

Acholi Sub-Region Basking In Agriculture Glory.

To augment government’s efforts in pushing agricultural production to a dependable and competitive level, investors in Uganda’s agricultural sector are introducing modern farming techniques to optimize output.

Uganda’s favorable soil conditions and climate have been the pillar upon which agriculture has thrived. The sector for several years formed the backbone of Uganda’s economy, employing up to 70% of the population and contributing approximately 37% of the GDP.

However, several challenges still abound in the sector; low production and productivity; low value addition to agricultural produce and limited market access; weak implementation of agricultural laws and policies; and weak public agricultural institutions.

To cushion these challenges, the government of Uganda is pursuing a private sector led strategy by addressing key constraints that hinder more investment in the agriculture. These efforts are aimed at strengthening the Country’s competitive advantage in agricultural production.

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While attending a thanksgiving ceremony for Hon. Richard Todwong, the Nwoya County Member of Parliament, Uganda’s President, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni took time off to visit Amatheon Agri’s farm.

While at the farm, the President lauded the investors’ efforts at modernizing agriculture stating that the ripple effect of their investment would go a long way in supporting wealth creation in the region.

“The Acholi sub-region has come a long way and I believe will soon overtake places like Kampala in terms of modernization because of commercialized farming,” he said.

The President continued, “In the past, there were only two combined harvesters in the entire region. Today, I see three in this farm alone. This is what we have always advocated for; commercial farming and value addition.”

Having established its Ugandan operations in 2013, Amatheon Agri Limited, the European agribusiness and farming company is currently developing rain fed cropping operations in Nwoya and Kween district in Northern and Eastern Uganda respectively.

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In Nwoya, Amatheon Agri is farming in Alero and Purongo sub-counties growing mainly Rice, Maize, sunflower, and soya beans.

Commenting on their operations in Uganda, Mr. Jon Mc Lea, Managing Director at Amatheon Agri said that the company’s long-term objective is the vertical integration of arable land into Uganda’s value chain, which will add to the country’s growing economy.

“We are currently training 900 small holder farmers from whom we intend to buy their products during the next harvest. We are also looking at expanding our out grower catchment area to other parts of the district,” he remarked.

Airtel Uganda Participates in Agripreneurship EXPO.

Airtel Uganda joined hands with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) of Uganda to sponsor the 2015 Agripreneur Summit Expo that was held on the 22nd and 23rd of April at UMA show grounds in Kampala.

Themed “growing tomorrow’s bottom line”, the two day event that happened as part of the worldwide Earth Day celebrations was designed to showcase the importance of managing all aspects of agribusiness – from seed to supermarket shelf – under a formal business model, which offers plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurs and existing businesses to capture the worldwide appeal for the products grown and produced in Uganda.

According to Captain Abhay Agarwal, the President of AmCham Uganda,” AmCham Uganda is a business networking membership organization designed to bring together individuals, NGOs, and companies to promote continued trade and business opportunities with US companies, based either here in Uganda or in the USA.

With our visiting US Delegation, we trust that new business will be created as you learn about new technologies that have advanced the US farmer, and learn about new standards by which the US market uses to choose products to purchase from the Global Marketplace,” he said.

Talking about Airtel’s role in enabling global competitiveness in the Agribusiness sector, Ms. Geraldine Opoka, the Corporate Sales Manager at Airtel Uganda said, “In today’s competitive market, it is imperative that businesses capitalize on a host of technologies that are designed to improve and enhance day to day operations in order to remain ahead of their competition.”

“With a range of new features and applications available, Airtel Uganda has innovated a host of integral business tools that enhance communication with both colleagues and clients for the betterment of their businesses,” she added.

Over the two days of the EXPO, key note speakers; Mr. Patrick Bitature, the CEO of Simba Telecom and Hon. Victoria Sekitoleko, the former Minister of Agriculture shared experiences with their fellow farmers who learnt a lot about agricultural policies that enable investment, expansion of business opportunities, and the conditions necessary for Uganda’s agricultural sector to flourish.

Uganda’s Minister of Agriculture in talks with Amatheon Agri.

In a bid to promote private sector investment in the agricultural sector, the government through the sector’s line ministry is putting in place support mechanisms to foster increases in agricultural production and productivity.

This was disclosed by Honourable Tress Bucyanayandi (MP), the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries while meeting senior officials at his offices in Entebbe from Amatheon Agri, a German- agribusiness and food company investing in Ugandan agriculture and agribusiness. The officials led by Mr. Herwig Tilly, Director of Farming, Ms. Leweke von Hoff, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Mr. Thomas Rowles Nicholson, the Amatheon Agri Uganda Ltd. Farm Manager discussed various issues pertaining the agricultural sector as well as Amatheon’s plans and prospects in Uganda.

Hon. Bucyanayandi in turn shared the sector priorities stating that Amatheon’s investment in the agricultural sector is timely since it comes as the Ministry is implementing the Agriculture Chapter of the National Development Plan (NDP 2010-2015); which is also the Agriculture Development Strategy and Investment Plan.

He explained that the plan aims at promoting production and productivity of national priority commodities and key strategic high value commodities, creating an enabling environment for the private sector to invest in agriculture, promoting value addition and strengthening the institutional capacity and linkages of key public sector agriculture agencies.

Hon. Bucyanayandi added that “promotion of agricultural production and productivity is among the leading priorities of Government. We are glad that Amatheon has chosen to invest in Uganda because we know that foreign investment in agriculture can have a positive impact on host countries,” he said.

In Sub-Saharan Africa Amatheon is also active in Zambia and Zimbabwe. The company stands for high quality products and has an overall workforce of over 500 people throughout Africa. Amatheon produces a wide range of crops alongside livestock operations. The group operates along the food value chain and recently made some strategic acquisitions in the Zambian meat processing sector.

During the meeting, Herwig Tilly explained that Amatheon’s Ugandan plans comprised rainfed growing of crops such as maize, soya beans, sunflower, rice and sorghum. The company will apply double cropping methods and state of the art farming technology to attain best production levels. The company is also actively looking into value addition and livestock production.

Tilly emphasized Amatheon’s commitment to create win-win situations with surrounding communities. He said “complementing the government’s intentions to commercialise agriculture, we will provide access to genuine agricultural inputs through our farm shops and provide conservation farming training to help adjacent communities increase their yields. We are setting up systems through which we purchase crops from the farmers. We therefore bring the input and output market closer to the producer.”

The agriculture sector in Uganda employs over 73% of the population, accounts for 53% of the national export revenue and contributes 24% of the National GDP. In 2013, the sector recorded an annual growth rate of 1.5%.

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