Teso Region (Soroti, Kumi, Bukedea, Katakwi, Amuria, Serere, Ngora and Kaberamaido) is the leading producer of citrus in Uganda with the bulk of it being improved orange varieties, but also mangoes. The Government of Uganda through UDC partnered with the Korean Government (KOICA) to setup a fruit processing factory (now known as Soroti Fruit Factory) located in Plots 1 - 4 Pineapple Close of UIA's Industrial and Business Park, Arapai in Soroti District with a view to harness the fruit production potential of the Region. This Factory will provide ready market for the farmers’ produce; add value to the fruits, hence increasing household incomes in the region.
The Factory will process orange and mango into concentrates for mainly supply to the region's processing facilities and, ready to drink juice for the local market. The Factory whose processing capacity is 6 metric tonnes per hour for orange and 2 metric tonnes per hour for mango will draw all its raw materials from the fruit growing districts of Teso Region, benefiting especially the farmers who are organised under their Cooperative Union - TEFCU.
UDC and the farmers' cooperative union are the two shareholders of the company.
Progress on the construction of the Soroti Fruit Factory
After ground breaking by His Excellency the President on September 28, 2014, construction commenced in April 2015 and has been completed.
Currently all requisite factory equipment has been installed and dry test runs finalised. Commissioning of the factory is expected in August 2018.