Broke Chinese investor abandons Shs13.7b farm in Uganda


A Chinese investor has abandoned a farm in Nakaseke district over alleged financial constraints.

Hanhe (Uganda) Farm, a subsidiary of Hanhe International Company, was the first private Chinese land-based agriculture enterprise in Uganda.

It started its operations in 2011, after securing a lease on 400 acres of land in Kasangombe Sub County.

The company, owned by Qui Lijun, a former Chinese Member of parliament, committed to inject approximately Shs13,759,199,800 ( $4 million)  to grow vegetables for export. It was involved in mushroom production, growing of cabbage and other vegetables in a wetland that is a tributary to River Lugogo.

It also had ten fishponds with about 20,000 fish fingerlings and a 30-ton capacity maize milling plant on the farm. By April 2014, the farm was employing 21 permanent staffs, among them 5 Chinese and 16 Ugandans. It also had over 100 casual workers on the site.

The farm which used to be a hub of activity is now idle. The land is abandoned and covered in shrubs and all Chinese nationals operating on the farm were flown back to China.

A source said the investors promised to return in March, 2016 but have never returned to-date.

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