The American Ambassador to Uganda Mrs. Deborah Malak has called upon Ugandans to embrace value addition on all their Agricultural products if they are to develop at a faster rate.
On her visit to Maama Care nutrition food factory in Bweyogerere with other envoys, Ms Malak appreciated the founders of this establishment for coming up with the business that not only adds value to locally grown food crops, but also creates employment to many people.
“Agriculture is great and people need to grow food. If they want to move forward they will have to engage in value addition because it greatly contributes not only to economic growth but also improves on the household incomes”
Malak added that producing only basic commodities will not be enough to take Uganda forward
Maama care Foundation is a Philanthropic Organization established to produce nutrition food for children, pregnant mothers, HIV/TB patients, disaster victims, refugees, the sick and elderly.
This 60 billion shillings establishment was officially opened by the President of Uganda Yoweri Kagutta Museveni on 31st/05/2018
It uses locally grown crops like Maize, Sim sim, Millet, Soya, peanut ,Honey, Iron beans ,Orange, Potatoes, Fruits to produce nutritious food which will be distributed in areas considered as disadvantaged with intention of providing health food at affordable costs to the targeted community
Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, the head of European Union delegation appreciated the brains behind Mama Africa Company and promised to hold more meetings with the chairperson of this project with the aim of coming up with means of taking forward this initiative
Mr Harish Bhuptani the chairman and founder member of Maama foundation revealed that all their raw materials are from local communities, and that they turn them into nutritious food without using any chemical, preservatives or colors.
Currently, she said the project is employing 500 people who work at the factory, in marketing and distribution and supply. She said they plan on growing this number to 5000.