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Britannia to create 10,0000 jobs
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By Patrick Jaramogi
AT least 10,000 jobs will be created when Britania Allied Industries builds a fruit-processing plant in Mukono, New Vision has learnt.
Hasmukh Dawda, the House of Dawda chairman, said the plant would cost $5m (over sh10b).
“If the Government, through the Uganda Investment Authority, gives us a 40-acre piece of land, the plant will be ready in eight months,” said Dawda.
Dawda said he had convinced the board to set up the plant in Uganda rather than Kenya because of the country’s vibrant market.
“Uganda has fertile and fresh land for growing fruits. We are targeting Mukono because it is strategically positioned; as we will be getting mangoes from the east and pineapples from Kayunga,” he said, adding that the plant would process mango and pineapple juice.
Dawda said the Britania plant in Ntinda was currently facing a shortage of pineapples, which has caused their price to rise.
“When we started the plant, we were buying pineapples at about sh500. Presently, we buy them at sh1,200 to sh1,800, but we are still facing supply problems.
“We want to solve this by engaging with the farmers directly,” he said.
According to K.R Sridharan, the company’s general manager of marketing, the new plant will have the capacity of producing a million litres of juice in an hour.
The firm, he added, was targeting the local and regional markets.
Britania are manufacturers of splash mango, pineapple, guava and hibiscus fruit drinks. They have been exporting to Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Southern Sudan and Burundi with exports sales hitting over $40m (sh800m) in 2010 alone.