President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni met with a visiting Danish agri and food tech-business delegation from the Danish Agriculture and Food Council at State House, Entebbe.
Led by Mr Jeppe Sondergaard Pedersen, the Danish companies seeking to invest in agriculture and share knowledge with Ugandan farmers include; – Cimbria, dealing in grain handling & storage; – Danfos, which specialises in cold chain and robot techniques; Foss, that supplies agricultural equipment;
– Jyden that handles animal housing equipment; – Blucher, which supplies dairy plants and Engsko, that specializes in supplying modern grilling stones.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni welcomed the delegation and assured them of Uganda`s readiness to utilize the new agricultural systems of value addition.
“I am glad you plan to invest here. Ugandans will participate in the production process. This part of Africa is right on the Equator and has a high altitude which makes it unique. The people have a culture of agriculture only that they need to be mobilised. Anything can grow here”.- Museveni
The head of the delegation, Mr. Jeppe Sondergaard Pedersen, appreciated President Museveni for the peace and stability in the county and pointed out that it serves as a key factor in their interest to investing in Uganda.
The Danish Agriculture and Food Council (L&F), whose composition incorporates companies, trade and farmers’ associations within the sector, held a workshop from the 29th to 31st October, 2019 under the auspices of the Embassy of Denmark in Uganda.
According to the Danish Ambassador to Uganda His Excellency Nicolaj A. Hejberg Petersen, the executives are drawn from eight companies involved in various services in the Agriculture value chain, including; seed processing and storage facilities, cold chain refrigeration solutions, animal production, grain handling and milling, dairy sector, drainage and cleaning solutions, and packaging.
“There is a whole lot of experience in Denmark that we can draw on to ensure that Ugandan farmers improve their farm management and mechanize their processes. The return on investment on this will come with dividends not only from the local market but from the international scene as well,” Petersen noted.