Minister for Cooperatives has expressed concern over the newly built fruit factory worth approximately $6,909,360.
According to the Daily Monitor, the Minister, Frederick Ngobi, is worried over the ability of farmers to provide enough fruits for the factory.
“This is a huge investment and it will be a big embarrassment if the factory starts operations and within a short time it collapses due to insufficient supply of fruits.” Said the Minister
Fruit farmers in the Teso sub-region in Eastern Region where the plant has been established may not have the capacity to supply the required fruits by the factory, which is at least six metric tonnes of oranges daily.
The Soroti Fruit Factory is expected to operate 16 hours a day when it kicks off its commercial operations in March 2017. Construction of the factory began in in April 2015.
Farmers have been urged to increase production as the factory is expected to solve the market issues for farm produce in the area.