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Mbabazi to Grace 2nd E.Africa Flowers Expo

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It is a sole initiative of two journalists; Job Mwesigwa and Chimpreports News Editor, Rogers Atukunda.


Presiding over the maiden launch of the expo in March last year, Mbabazi urged Ugandans to invest in growing fruits and flowers; one of the major exports to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) market that yields over $30m revenue to the country.


He further expressed delight at the pace at which the flowers industry is growing, adding, that in a bid to boost this industry, the government is planning to introduce agro-processing centres in the country as well as enhancing technologies used by farmers in conserving flowers.


Speaking at the occasion, the then Agriculture Minister, Grace Buchanandi, said that Uganda exports flowers and fruits worth $10m in a year.


He called upon all Ugandans most especially youths to join this business to curb the unemployment problem in the country.


While more than 37 flower farms participated in last year’s event, the number has increased this year.


The expo which boasts of the participation of Ugandan and other regional flower farms officially started today Friday April 11, 2014 and will run up to tomorrow Saturday.

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