Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has given 25 acres of land to an Egyptian abattoir for expansion.
According to Sheriff Kalini, the managing director of Egypt Uganda Food Security Company Limited located in Luwero, the firm has invested US$21 million (about Shs70 billion) in a modern high technology abattoir and is scaling up its investment to US$45 million.
Kalini said president Museveni has given asked them to rely on locally produced skins and buses to add value to local leather products.
“He has also offered us 25 acres of land for the industry as well as processing meat for export,” Kalini said.
Value addition has been president Museveni’s gospel during and after campaigns in a bid to drive Uganda to a middle income status by 2020.
Located about 32 km north of Kampala, the Egyptian company’s new abattoir will process and package meat, mainly beef, for both local and export markets. The abattoir has the ability to slaughter 450 cattle daily and can hold up to 5,000 animals.
With more than 14 million heads of cattle, Uganda has a big population of livestock, but still has an annual shortfall of 900,000 tonnes of both processed and unprocessed beef products, according to data from the Uganda Meat Producers Co-operative Union.