The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is looking to grow the export value to China after commissioning a new abattoir Mbarara that was constructed by a Chinese investor named Jiang You Cai.
Cai is the founder of Zhong Wu Beef Importers and Exporters Group, which in 2017 secured 600 acres of land from the government through the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Databank (NAGRC&DB).
in 2017, the line minister Vincent Ssempijja travelled to Beijing for the China Africa Business Forum and urged the Chinese business community to tap into the livestock opportunities in Uganda.
Later that year, China and Uganda inked a deal that led to the provision of five square miles of Nshaara ranch land in Sanga, Kiruhura district, for the Sino Uganda Modern Economic Development Special Zone.
The abattoir, which was commissioned this past week, is meant to add value to Ugandan beef for export to China as the main market, and also to the European Union, Middle East and regional markets.
“Zhong Wu Beef Importers and Exporters Group seeks to establish an agricultural industrial park to maximally utilize the land and increase in investment value,” the ministry said in a statement.
“The proposed enterprises include a refrigerated vehicle assembly plant, veterinary and agriculture drugs production plant, feedlots for 1,000 heads of cattle to serve the abattoir, pasture development as well as a vaccine production facility.”
At the commissioning of the facility, ministry officials observed that the new installations are of good quality. However, officials also noted there were some features that required installing such as the lairage and offloading ramp.
“The developer was advised to incorporate them for ease of operations. There also remain a few challenges that need to be addressed such as consistent water and electricity supply. In spite of this, the developer promised to be ready to operate by May,” the ministry said.