The long awaited Teso Juice, branded as Teju is expected to hit the market in two weeks’ time.
This information has come 6 months since the factory was launched by the President of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Since then, not even a single sachet of Tejuhas been sighted at any shop in the country.
Questions have been raised from every corner of the sub region for the whereabouts of the produce of the factory, which is another hope for the fruit growers in Teso.
The news that was released today by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, also revealed that Teju will be served on Uganda Airlines.
“Teso Juice “Teju” produced by Soroti fruit factory will hit the Kampala market in two weeks time. It cost only 1000/= and will also be served on Uganda Airlines. The factory has been allowed to procure the fruits directly from farmers. This agro-industrialization strategy is a true example of value addition,” read the post on the Facebook wall of the Ministry.
What you did not know
The Chief Executive Officer for Soroti fruit factory, Douglas Ndawula revealed in a recent interview with the press that the factory has the capacity to process 6,000kg of oranges and 4,000kg of mangoes per hour.
Ndawula also noted that the factory will be consuming 129,000 metric tonnes of oranges and mangoes annually.
Farmers, through their umbrella, Teso tropical fruit farmer’s cooperative have 20% shares while the government through Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) has 80% shares.
The factory was built with a grant of $8m from the Korean and $2m the Ugandan government.