Teso Region is among the leading producers of not only citrus in Uganda with the bulk of it being improved orange varieties, but also Mangoes. The Government of Uganda through UDC partnered with the Korean Government through Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to set up a Fruit Processing Factory located in Plots 1 - 4 Pineapple Close of in the Soroti Industrial and Business Park, with a view to harness the fruit production potential of the Region. The Factory is owned and operated through a special purpose vehicle known as Soroti Fruits Limited (SOFTE) with UDC and the private sector represented by Teso Tropical Fruit Growers Cooperative Union (TEFCU) as shareholders.
Construction of the factory which started in April 2015 has been completed and so has the installation of the equipment. The factory has a processing capacity of 8 MT of fruits per hour and will offtake 8800 tons of fruits per year. This will guarantee the fruit growers in the region about Ushs 22,000,000,000 per year in incomes, create 156 direct jobs and over 1000 indirect jobs, as well as USD 8,000,000 in export revenues.
Besides the construction and installation of machinery, UDC has also trained 34,519 farmers in good fruit agronomic practices and pest control. To enable farmers control pests and diseases, government through UDC has provided 240 motorized spray pumps to fruit farmers in the Teso region through their umbrella cooperative Union, TEFCU.
Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives handing over 240 motorized pumps to the TEFCU Board Chairman and Board Members. Hon Kyambadde is flanked by the UDC Board Chairman, UDC Executive Director and LCV Chairman, Soroti