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Uganda: Kyembogo – Perfect Area to Invest in Agro Industries

Kyembogo is located in Kabarole District in the newly created sub-county of Rwegaju, a former presidential model parish. It is on Fort Portal-Kijura Road, about six kilometres from Fort Portal Town.

A boda boda ride to Kyembogo costs about Shs5, 000 from Fort Portal Town.

With huge chunks of land for herding cattle, and crop farming on a large scale because of its fertile soils, Kyembogo gives you the opportunity to invest in agro-processing industries. It has high crop production but lacks any agro processing plant.

Kyembogo is few metres away from Rwebitaba Zardi, the research centre for NARO (National Agricultural Research Organisation). This offers a range of agricultural research activities on different crop varieties such as beans, maize, animal production, and cassava that has resulted in high production.

Establishing industrial park

To turn the area into an industrial park, 100 acres of land have been secured by government and the site for establishment of industries has been commissioned.

The neighbouring villages of Kyembogo are currently experiencing mad rush for land by different entrepreneurs who intend to invest in the area.

Out of the 100 acres of land that was gazetted by government in Kyembogo, no single acre or plot of land has been given out to any investor yet, an opportunity for you to get closer to acquire a plot of land when the time comes.

The focal person for the Agri-lead project, Michael Kisembo, says they are now working on a master plan for an industrial park. The master plan is being development by Uganda development cooperation that will decide how plots will be allocated for establishment of industries.

Kisembo says by January, they will have started constructing roads around the proposed area for industrial park, extending water and electricity.

He says this financial year, government has earmarked Shs4b for an industrial park. Among the industries that will be established include agro-processing factories such as dairy, banana, tea, maize, among others that will address the value addition problem for Rwenzori region.

Kisembo says they have land management policy for the industrial park that will determine how interested investors can acquire the land. The policy will also help determine where each industry will be located.

Shown interest

Investors such as Mountain of Moon University are preparing to set up a dairy technology and incubation centre in Kyembogo. The vice chancellor of Mountain of Moon University, Prof John Kasenene, says the dairy technology and incubation centre will consist of many plants including, animal feeds plant, milk processing plant, dairy production demonstration centre, and dairy laboratory for animals, among others.

Cost of land

The Kyembogo village chairman Ibrahim Murugi, says, a plot of 100X100ft in this area costs between Shs10m and Shs15m. An acre in the village costs between Shs20m and Shs40m.

He says due to the fertile nature of the land, the plan for an industrial park, there is now a mad rush for land in the area.

Social services

The area has both government and private schools. It also has two health centres, and is close to police posts in Rwegaju, Mukaswa and Busoro.

By Alex Ashaba

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