Soroti Fruit Factory
The Corporation has invested in the establishment of the Soroti Fruit Factory in Arapai Sub-county, Soroti District since 2019. The factory is a US$ 11.4m investment set up to process mainly oranges and mangoes to produce ready-to-drink juice and puree which the company branded ‘Teju’. UDC has expanded the capacity of the mango processing line at the factory from 2MT/hour to 6MT/hour. This is expected to reduce the gap in the uptake of mangoes in the region and beyond.
Investment in a pineapple processing line at the factory is currently under consideration. The Corporation invested in this Unit with the fruit farmers through the Teso Tropical Fruit Farmers’ Cooperative Union (TEFCU), with the Corporation owning 80% and TEFCU 20%.
More fruit processing plants are planned across the country given the increased levels of fruit production and growing demand in the country, for example due diligence is being carried out in Yumbe and Nwoya districts where the processing factories will now consume additional 20 tons of fruits per season UDC’s long term aim is to exit leaving the farmers with 100% ownership. Multiple partnerships have contributed to the set of this factory; of special mention is Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) that provided a grant for its construction