Cassava Growers Find Market in Ethanol Plant in Uganda

Since the establishment of the ethanol extraction factory in Lira District, Uganda, cassava cultivators are not troubled about finding a market for their produce. In a joint venture between Saudi, Uganda and Lebanon-based investors, the Kamtech Logistics Plant was set up in 2015 at a cost of $1.8 million (Shs6 billion). Cassava is traded at this plant for Shs900 per kilogramme and the price is expected to rise. Earlier, cassava cultivators faced with problems of surplus production, low demand, low prices and corrupt middlemen. Before the factory was set up, the prices of dry cassava chip were as low as Shs250. Now it has increased to Shs800 and is expected to rise further.

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