This was during signing of a Letter of Intent by the Uganda High Commissioner in New Delhi, hospital Amb. Elizabeth Paula Napeyok and URJA representatives at the Uganda High Commission in New Delhi, India on Wednesday.
The URJA company pledges, among other things, to set up a solar manufacturing plant in Uganda where solar panels can be 100% made in Uganda for both local consumption and export purposes. In line with the recently launched Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) policy, the company will employ and train Ugandans in the skills of solar manufacturing.
A proposed second phase of the investment is to supply solar-generated electricity to the National Grid. Solar-generated electricity also provides affordable energy for use in solar irrigation pumps.
This development comes against the back-drop of the March 2017 visit to India of Rt Hon Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda in which he met with Mr. Atul Jain, the joint manager of Jain Irrigation Systems, a globally renowned Indian company in irrigation has committed to making irrigation work for Uganda, from small scale to large scale solar irrigation project.
Following the January 2017 dry-spell that left 9 million Ugandans in urgent need of food aid, there has been a growing interest in Uganda in adoption of irrigation technologies by smallholder farmers to irrigate crops and guarantee all-year production and improve food security of the country
In his March address to the CII Exim Bank Conclave in India, Dr Rugunda stated that Africa seeks India’s active participation in areas like agriculture, agro-processing, ICT, infrastructure, tourism, healthcare and education.
Both the URJA Company and Jain Irrigation Systems officials will pay a visit to Kampala in June 2017.