The government will continue to support investors (local and foreign) who value and prioritize local communities through creating jobs and uplifting their lives, prime minister Robinah Nabbanja has said.
She made these remarks while launching the state-of-the-art modern-day hatchery that was established by Kenchic Uganda Ltd a subsidiary of Kenchic Ltd of Kenya. The expansion of the Kenyan firm to Uganda, Nabbanja said is a blessing to Ugandan farmers who have been importing chicks from as far as the Netherlands and Asian countries.
“Collaboration harnesses collective expertise from both sectors, and Kenchic’s commitment to harmonious collaboration with the government showcases the power of unity. Together, we lay the groundwork for an agricultural landscape where partnerships drive innovation, efficiency, and sustainable growth,” Nabbanja said.
“Their unwavering dedication to ethical practices and empowerment paves the way for a brighter future, ensuring not just business success, but a sustainable legacy for Uganda's agricultural landscape. Poultry plays a key part in Uganda’s economy,” she added.
Uganda, she said has over the last 50 years, grown her chicken exports by 217 per cent from 45 tonnes to 684 tonnes.
“We therefore welcome Kenchic Uganda into the market to raise the bar in the quality of their day-old chicks, support our local farmers and consequently work together to improve the industry,” she said.
The general manager of Kenchic Uganda, Dr Nomsa Mufandauya said their expansion in Uganda is timely because they have been overwhelmed by demands for their products from Ugandans.
“At Kenchic, our purpose is profound; enabling shared prosperity through sustainable food production. We believe in creating opportunities that generate wealth for all by producing food in a manner that is safe, sustainable, and environmentally friendly...Our commitment extends beyond profit-making; it is about improving lives. We strive to ensure access to good, healthy food for everyone, now and in the future, in a way that's fair and beneficial for generations to come,” she said.
According to her, the firm will go beyond supplying chicks but also support the local communities because poultry farming is a fundamental pillar of the economy, contributing significantly to output and employment, supporting various sectors through local sourcing and providing employment.
The minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Vicent Bamulangaki Ssempijja said that Kenchic Uganda will save the country from importing from countries in Asia and South Africa, where influenza has attacked the poultry industry.