UGACOF, an agro-processing and value-addition business located in Bweyogere, Wakiso district was announced the winner of the 24th President Exporters’ Award for 2018.
UGACOF, whose main business is coffee processing like hulling, cleaning, grading and sorting coffee beans harvested before export was declared the winner at the Awards ceremony.
Without mentioning how many metric tons of coffee the plant exported last year, the organizers Uganda Export Promotions Board (UEPB) declared UGACOF the winner in a fairly attended event at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.
Nimrod Wanyala the UEPB Chairman said there is a need for an Export Fund to target the exports niche that will support Sustainable Economic Development.
Uganda’s Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi said the country has abundant natural resources and what is needed is to attract investments to boost cottage industries, hard work and innovation.
Kyagulanyi Coffee Limited, which was founded in 1992 when the coffee industry was liberalised and is the oldest licensed coffee exporter in Uganda came second.
It is one of the leading green coffee exporters in Uganda with export volumes of about 400,000 bags a year.
They export high-quality arabica and robusta coffees from all major coffee growing areas in Uganda and are also working with over 12,000 farmers across the country to improve the yields and quality of their coffee through our sustainability initiatives.
List of Winners:
EXPORTER OF THE YEAR
Kyagalanyi Coffee Ltd
Silver: Sugar Corporation of Uganda (SCOUL)
Gold: Pearl Dairy Farm Ltd
CHEMICAL AND ALLIED PRODUCTS
Silver: Movit Products
Gold: Mukwano Group of Companies
Silver: Hima Cement Ltd
Gold: Roofings Rolling Mills Ltd
Silver: East African Packaging Ltd
Gold: Graphic Systems (U) Ltd
FISH AND FISH PRODUCTS
Silver: Karmic Foods Ltd
Gold: Lake Bounty Ltd
PRECIOUS STONES AND MINERALS
Gold: African Gold Refinery Ltd
AGRI-BUSINESS (TRADITIONAL EXPORTS)
Silver: Mcleon Russel Ltd
Gold: Olam Uganda Ltd
NON TRADITIONAL EXPORTS
Silver: Wagagai Ltd
Gold: Esco Uganda Ltd
SERVICE EXPORTER OF THE YEAR
Data Care Uganda Ltd
BEST REGIONAL EXPORTERS
Jambo Tannery Ltd (Eastern Region)
Guru Nanak Oil Mills Ltd (Northern Region)
Aqua Perch Ltd (Western Region)