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Fruit factory officially opens in Soroti

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Soroti Fruit Factory

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The Soroti fruit factory has officially been opened. Located in Arapai Industrial park, the fruit processing plant will provide a ready market to fruit farmers in Teso region and improve household incomes.

The project which was funded by the Government of Uganda with a contribution of UGX 20.5bn and a grant from the Government of Korea worth UGX 27.8bn, bringing the total cost of the factory to UGX 48.2bn, was commissioned by President Museveni on Saturday.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the President advised farmers with small pieces of land against growing cash crops and instead opt for other activities like fruit farming, dairy farming, apiary, and poultry keeping which have a higher return on investment per acre.

“Cash crops should be a preserve of farmers or institutions with large tracts of land. For those with small pieces, you should go for crops or activities that offer high financial returns even when done on small scale. That is why I preached fruit farming, dairy rearing, apiary, keeping poultry, in place of coffee growing, tobbaco farming and others,” the President said in his address.

“I have studied the global market, the demand for fruits is big. The same for dairy products, fish and honey that is why I recommend these products. Therefore, let us go into fruits because they are the medicine for poverty for the ‘small people’.” He added.

The factory has a processing capacity of 6 metric tonne/hour and 2 metric tonne/ hour for oranges and mangoes respectively and will be making fruit concentrates and ready-to-drink juice.

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MTN awards Huawei ‘Supplier of the Year’ award

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MTN Awards Huawei Supplier of the Year 2018 and Best Innovation 2018By Our Reporter

MTN Group hosted its Annual Supplier Award Ceremony in Dubai late last month. Huawei, the leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, shone bright, winning two awards. The company was announced as the winner of the Supplier of the Year 2018 and Best Innovation 2018 Awards.

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The Supplier of the Year Award recognises the best overall performance from a group supplier across several performance metrics such as quality, delivery and support, account performance management, innovation and meeting MTN compliance and risk requirements. While the Best Innovation Award focuses on suppliers who demonstrate and share best practice, market insights and generate the most innovative ideas and solutions.

The theme for the awards this year was centered around three key pillars: Innovation, Collaboration and Excellence. All areas where MTN has worked extensively with Huawei to ensure MTN continuously stays at the forefront of the telecoms industry, and consistently delivers the most innovative products and services to its customers.

“As a supplier with leading products and solutions and with a team of dedicated professionals, Huawei has been a part of our success for a very long time and we recognise their partnership with confidence towards a bright future,” said Mr. Dirk Karl, MTN Group Executive: Global Sourcing and Supply Chain, as he presented the awards to Huawei.

“Hand in hand, both MTN and Huawei teams have been working together and conquered numerous difficulties in the past. We look forward to continuing our collaboration and overcoming any new challenges we may face in the future,” The President of Huawei MTN Key Account Group Mr. Frank Li said.

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Lucky Shell customers win brand new minibuses and motorbikes

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Vivo Energy Uganda has handed over 2 brand new taxi vans and 2 motor bikes to lucky winners in the just concluded Juzza Akameeza promotion. The prizes were handed over to the winners amid excitement during a grand draw held at the Old Taxi Park.

The Juzza Akameeza promotion sought to reward Taxi and Truck drivers who use both Shell Rimula Diesel Engine oils and Shell Fuel Save Diesel in their taxi vans and trucks.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director, Gilbert Assi thanked the customers for their continued support and loyalty towards the Shell brand. “Our customers are at the heart of our business, it is therefore no surprise that we appreciate the taxi and truck drivers. This vital segment spends a lot of time on the road and derives livelihood from their vehicles. Our high quality products, Shell Fuel Save Diesel and Shell Rimula Diesel engine oils are designed to deliver more value to the drivers and reduce their operation costs so they can have more money left over for themselves and their families.”

“Through our Juzza Akameeza promotional campaign, we have given both taxi and truck drivers an opportunity to transform their lives by becoming business owners. Twelve drivers have won brand new motor bikes and 2 have won brand new taxi vans among other amazing prizes won through the course of the campaign.” He added.

The four-month long countrywide campaign has seen a total of 12 regional draws conducted at various taxi parks around the country with drivers bagging prizes worth over UGX 250 million. These prizes include 2 brand new taxi vans worth UGX 130,000,000, 12 motor bikes worth UGX 50,000,000 and household items including sugar, rice and salt worth UGX 70,000,000.

Mr. Yusuf Wavamuno, winner of one of the two brand new taxi vans said he could not believe his luck. Yusuf, a taxi driver who plies the Jinja – Kampala route said he stopped for a Shell Fuel Save Diesel refill at Shell Clock Tower and was asked to participate in the campaign. “This new taxi means a lot to me because I now have an extra source of income for myself and my family. Thanks to Vivo Energy Uganda, I now own a brand new taxi, my life has truly been changed! I encourage other taxi and truck drivers to continue using Shell Fuel Save Diesel and Shell Rimula Diesel engine oils.”

Vivo Energy remains committed to the taxi and truck drivers and additional offers have been lined up for this segment during the course of this year.

To participate in the Juzza Akameeza promotion, drivers simply had to spend UGX 50,000 on Shell Fuel Save Diesel or service their vehicles with Shell Rimula Diesel engine oils. The campaign attracted participation from over 6,000 taxi and truck drivers.

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Uganda Breweries announces scholarship scheme for needy students

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In an effort to curb youth unemployment and high school drop outs, Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) has announced a scholarship scheme for academically deserving yet economically disadvantaged students in Western and Central Uganda.

Under this scholarship programme, Uganda Breweries will pay total fees of up to UGX 115,960,000 (One hundred and fifteen million, nine hundred and sixty thousand shillings) for 40 students to study from African College of Commerce and Technology (ACCT) Kabale, a training institution in Business, Management, Entrepreneurship, and Information Communication Technology and DATAMINE Institute based in Kampala.

The programme that is running under Uganda Breweries’ “Skills for Life Initiative”, will entail payment of tuition for their second year of study, entrepreneurship training as well as seed capital for those that would have excelled in the program.

It will be managed and run on behalf of UBL by technical expert, Enterprise Uganda, who have vast experience in SME development, training and mentorship in entrepreneurship.

Speaking during the announcement at ACCT Kabale, UBL Communications Manager, and Rhona Arinaitwe said, “At Uganda Breweries, one of our key priority areas is skilling youth. This is why under our Skills for Life Initiative, we continue to offer special opportunities to the nation’s brightest scholars who are less fortunate.”

Arinaitwe added that UBL does not stop at awarding these scholarships but goes ahead to provide career guidance and mentorship support for the beneficiaries on business start-ups and expansion skills which they will later use to increase job opportunities in their communities, improving their incomes and eradicating poverty in the long run.

“With this current programme, UBL shall give practical skills to these bright and innovative but less privileged students so that they can utilize the services to generate income and employ others from within their communities.”

The Director for ACCT Kabale, Adrian Ndemere, hailed Uganda Breweries Limited for its contribution towards uplifting education in the Western region in Uganda.

In 2018, UBL offered scholarships to 20 young and bright students from the farming communities in Acholi sub region in Northern Uganda, and offered them practical skills to enhance their employability or be used in self-employment. The two technical institutions that benefited from this project were Kitgum Technical Institute and Daniel Comboni Vocational Institute. From the total beneficiaries that were sponsored and skilled in October 2018, 86 percent of them have gone ahead and started businesses of their own.

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