The Soroti fruit factory is ready to export its first batch of ready to drink juice products two years after its inception.
The factory announced Wednesday that it will be exporting its first batch of ready to drink juice under the label ‘Teju’ to South Sudan and other countries.
Speaking at the factory in Arapai-Soroti about the factory’s readiness, Patrick Birungi, the Executive Director Uganda Development Co-operations revealed that the factory has already received an order from South Sudan where it will be supplying the products to.
“We are ready to export our products starting with South Sudan where we will be sending over two trailers in two weeks time,” said Birungi.
Birungi added that government is in full support of the progress at the factory and is committed to making more investments into the business.
“The Uganda government is fully committed to making more investments into the business with focus on mitigating production capacity costs and existing farmer challenges,” he said.
Launched in April 2019 to tap into the abundant citrus fruits for commercial production of oranges and mangoes, the factory reportedly crushes over 50 metric tonnes of fruits to produce Teju juice both for local consumption and export.
However, it should be noted that the factory was faced with challenges such as low fruit supply from the local farmers who accused the factory of buying their fruits cheaply.
The residents dealing in mango and oranges trade within Arapai stopped supplying to the company claiming that they were exploited as a sack of oranges was selling at shs 20,000 and below.