Kids Prepped On Kavera Dangers

To mark this year’s World Environment Day, Little Hands Go Green, a civil society organization championing environment conservation among children, and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) teamed up to educate children and Ugandans about the dangers of using polyethylene bags commonly known as kaveera.

The two agencies activated what they called Kavera Free Uganda World Environment Day Caravan. The caravan saw both NEMA and Little Hands Go Green with support from various stakeholders visited different schools in eastern Uganda with the gospel of ending the use of kaveera as a means of conserving the environment.

The caravan was launched in Prayer Palace Primary School in Kireka, in Wakiso District before visiting schools in Mukono , Lugazi, Jinja, Tororo and Mbale districts. The caravan saw stakeholders plant trees, collect littered kaveera and cleaned towns.

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Deputy Executive Director Ms Christine Akello urged pupils to get rid of plastic bags which pose a great danger to the environment.

Paula Marie, one of the Little Hands Go Green Ambassadors revealed that have started mini caravan from school because they want the children to know that the future is in their hands and they should protect environment for a better tomorrow.

Joseph Masembe, the chief executive officer of Little Hands Go Green, called out Ugandans to be ‘selflessly patriotic and put the interests of future generations before the interests of a few investors and capitalists’ who benefit from the sale of kaveera.

Uganda proposed to ban the use of kaveera a decade ago but has struggled to enforce the ban because of political and economic intrigue and now Masembe says there is need to enforce the ban religiously and have government fully support NEMA to avoid double standards.

By involving children, parents, teachers and other stakeholders, Masembe is making a call to action because there is no plan B when it comes to conserving the environment.

“We owe it to our children and grandchildren to support them in sound environmental practice because it is only through this that we can salvage a greener Pearl of Africa for them. There is a lot to contend with, depleted forest cover, charcoal burning, plastic pollution, wetland encroachment, poaching and loss of biodiversity.

I could go on and on, therefore if we can stop thinking that the job of securing a greener future is a job for NEMA ,UNDP, ESKOM , Little Hands Go Green and other organizations and start to look at it as a job for you and me we will start to see real progress.”

Little Hands Go Green has planted 250,000 fruit trees across Uganda since inception. It regularly engages schools, children and other stakeholders in practically educating children to plant trees as a tool to conserve the environment.

Speaking in Mbale during the World Environment Day celebrations, French Envoy to Uganda Ms Stephanie Rivoal revealed that plastics are contributing to the decline of soil productivity & fish species in Lake Victoria.

TripAdvisor Certifies Kabira Country Club Again

Kabira Country Club last week bagged the prestigious Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, an American travel and restaurant website company providing hotel and restaurant reviews, accommodation bookings and other travel-related content.

The certificate was in recognition of their good services. Vismay Maniyar, the general manager of Kabira Country Club, said such international appraisal, especially by customers and guests, inspires them to be a better hotel.

“It gives us the boost we need to be better every day. We shall always go an extra mile to make our guests happy and contented. We shall work hard to make sure that the vision of our managing director Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia to have world class hospitality at Kabira country Club is fulfilled.” Maniyar said in an interview.

Kabira Country Club is the leading boutique hotel in Kampala, with a world class restaurant, gymnasium, accommodation and a heated swimming pool. It is also the perfect hotel for a relaxing get away and venue to hold special events, weddings and business meetings in Kampala.

The hotel offers a wide range of accommodation options from Single room, double rooms to three bedroom duplex Penthouse. The rooms and Suites offer 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, Satelite TV, bathtub and many other amenities.

Kabira has world class sporting and recreational facilities like a fully equipped gym which cater for a wide range of fitness and wellness needs. The hotel has 2 heated swimming pools, 3 squash courts, a sports field, four clay floodlit tennis court and floodlit basketball court and spa.

The hotel also offers world class service when it comes to conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops. Conference halls are equipped with latest Audio & Video systems to give your seminars, workshops, business meetings & conferences the digital look and interactions you need.

 

 

TripAdvisor Rewards Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort

For the fourth consecutive year, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort has scooped Certificate of Excellence award from globally acclaimed TripAdvisor, Inc.

TripAdvisor is an American travel and restaurant website company providing hotel and restaurant reviews, accommodation bookings and other travel-related content.

“A massive thank you to all our customers for their amazing reviews and support; we are always striving to become the best and will continue to do so in the future,” the hotel wrote on their Facebook page while announcing the news.

Ajit Singh, the resort’s Rooms Division Manager said the recognition is a big milestone to the five star Resort. He added that they will continue to maintain high quality standards.

“This recognition motivates us to maintain high quality standards in all our services. We would like to thank all the guests who voted and made this possible. This is the 4th consecutive year of winning this award since 2015” he said.

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort is a luxurious five star hotel-resort in Kampala. The resort is located in Munyonyo, Makindye Division, in the southeastern part of Kampala, along the northern shores of Lake Victoria.

The resort was commissioned in 2007 and served as the host venue of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2007.

TipAdviser says the Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service across the world.

Hotels, Lodges, Inns, restaurants, attractions, and vacation rentals worldwide are eligible to receive a Certificate of Excellence.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and listed on TripAdvisor for at least twelve months.

 

 

Kabira Country Club – People Prefer Us Because For Our Standards, Quality Services

When you get past the security barrier at the main gate of Kabira Country Club, a classy hotel in Bukoto, you are welcomed by a natural ambiance exuded from the fauna and flora that characterizes the expansive luxury multi functional facility.

A football pitch, a basketball and lawn tennis courts welcome you to Kabira Country Club which is owned by Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia under the Speke Group of Hotels, a subsidiary of the Ruparelia Group. Besides the sports facilities is a well equipped gym which is open to residents and outside members of the public.

Vismay Maniyar, the general manager of Kabira Country Club, in an interview revealed that international delegates and clients come from different parts of the world to tour Uganda and for business and conferences. “As pioneers in the hotel business in Uganda, people prefer us because for our standards, quality services and good rates.” Maniyar bragged.

He elaborated that by being an attractive service provider to local and international traveler Uganda benefits and helps in developing the country. “Many people from the world over have shown interest in Kabira Country Club especially because they know that this is something which is big, well situated and safe.

The hotel offers a wide range of accommodation options from Single room, double rooms to three bedroom duplex Penthouse. The rooms and Suites offer 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, Satelite TV, bathtub and many other amenities.

Kabira has world class sporting and recreational facilities like a fully equipped gym which cater for a wide range of fitness and wellness needs. The hotel has 2 heated swimming pools, 3 squash courts, a sports field, four clay floodlit tennis court and floodlit basketball court and spa.

The hotel also offers world class service when it comes to conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops. Conference halls are equipped with latest Audio & Video systems to give your seminars, workshops, business meetings & conferences the digital look and interactions you need.

Bunyoro Media Practitioners Challenged To Consider Environmental Issues

By George Busiinge

Journalists in Bunyoro have been challenged to prioritize environmental issues in their reporting as a way of creating civic awareness

Ivan Amaniga Ruhanga, the manager extractives at World Wide Fund (WWF), speaking at a one day media training on environmental reporting at Glory Summit Hotel Hoima last week, said little space in the media is given to environmental issues in the region.

Ruhanga said there is a lot to cover about environment now that the region is about to start producing oil and gas. He said media practitioners should report responsibly to enhance good governance in the country.

Birrah Nassah the executive director mid-western region ant-coalition (MIRAC) requested the media houses to always consider environmental stories as far as oil and gas is concerned.

Michael Businge, the coordinator for Bunyoro Albertine Petroleum Network on Environment (BAPENECO) said much more environment reporting by media houses operating in the region is needed.

He said the training was aimed at building capacities for media practitioners on matters of environment which attracted journalists from Masindi, Buliisa, Kiryandongo, Kibaale, Hoima, Kagadi and other districts from Bunyoro region.

BAPENECO also trained environmental monitors from Bunyoro region in different skills. Busiinge while taking to Earthfinds said that the monitors were trained in compensation and resettlement, monitoring company compliance with environmental standards, grievance interaction mechanism in oil and gas industry and waste management.

Meanwhile Giles Agambe, the executive director, REIGN Uganda added that limited budgets at lower local government in the environmental conservation sector needs key advocacy and attention if the environmental issues are to succeed.

He says this limits the environmental officer’s efforts to monitor and implement environmental related laws.

Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo Gets Guest Review Award

Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo and Speke Resort and Conference Center go into the weekend into celebratory mood after receiving news that they are the proud winners of Guest Review Award, a prestigious global award from Booking.Com.

Ajit Singh said the award is based on the reviews from guests on Booking.com, a digital booking agency based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Every day, more than 1,550,000 room nights are reserved on e-commerce platform.

“It's a great feeling to know that our guests have given us good reviews which shows that we have met their expectations and our guests have enjoyed the facilities and services,” Singh commented.

Every year, Booking.com celebrates properties with an average review score of 8.0 and above for properties who have ten or more reviews online. “We know these properties have offered great guest experiences, and our Guest Review Awards are a great way to showcase this achievement,” Booking.Com said of the award.

Booking.com said the score is based on all reviews that were published on the website during the 24 months proceeding November 1, 2017. Eligible partners receive an official certificate and a window sticker, as well as the possibility to share this success virtually on social media using a digital version.

Established in 1996 in Amsterdam, Booking.com has grown from a small Dutch startup to one of the largest travel e-commerce companies in the world. Part of Booking Holdings Inc. Booking.com now employs more than 15,000 employees in 198 offices, in 70 countries worldwide.

Why Speke Resort Should Be Your Wedding Reception Dream Venue

Under normal circumstances, a wedding is a once in a lifetime occasion that desires to be memorable and special. Everyone planning to walk down the aisle wishes for a flawless occasion. Every time must be spot on, no glitches, nothing.

While the most important part of the wedding is when the vows are exchanged in a church, mosque and courtroom or as one’s faith suggests, the statement is made at the reception where guests meet to celebrate the milestone.

To most people, the reception is so important it takes almost 90 percent of the wedding’s budget. To them it’s a disaster if anything goes wrong at that point. The reception is the wedding to put it lightly.

And like it is elsewhere in the world, Ugandans put a lot of energy and resources to make sure the wedding reception is on point. Nowadays, couples enlist the services of a wedding planner to bring a professional touch to the occasion.

Choices from bridesmaids, costumes, décor, motorcade, sound system, food and beverages and all services providers must be made wisely. But the most important choice which must be top notch to compliment every other choice is the veneue where the function will take place.

There are various expansive places where you one can take his or her wedding but the principal is it must exquisite, accessible, safe and classic. This is why hotels are more ideal for a wedding because they guarantee safety, good professional services and tranquility. Some hotels offer all the services which saves the couple from outsourcing from different service providers.

One such place that has made as the place for weddings is Speke Resort Munyonyo & Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, a five star hotel on shores of Lake Victoria. Speke Resort offers special wedding package rates for both indoor and outdoor wedding venues.

In an interview for this article, Ajit Singh, he Rooms Divisions Manager, revealed that Speke Resort Munyonyo have successfully hosted many local and International weddings over the years.

“With several indoor and outdoor venue options, we can offer a complete turnkey solution to any wedding day arrangements,” Singh said of their capabilities to host weddings.

Place for beautiful wedding photos

On weekends, you can’t miss to see newlyweds taking iconic and memorable pictures of their big day in the hotel gardens and on the shores of the vast Lake Victoria. The a relaxed and calm environment provides the mood for photography.

“Speke Resort offers a free of charge facility to guests, allowing them to take photos in our beautiful gardens. We pride ourselves on maintaining and offering this facility to the public,” Singh stated adding that the hotel is also ideal for couples on honeymoon.

He said Speke Resort Munyonyo offers a professional approach to arranging weddings, which includes advice and planning of weddings. Therefore, a wedding planner can be arranged in advance.

Different Packages Available

Speke Resort Munyonyo, according to Singh, offers all inclusive packages, including accommodation, venue hire, menu selection and drinks. He saids: “Themed events are made possible to ensure that your wedding is one of a kind, creating that special day and making it unique,”

The Victoria Ball Room (Seating Capacity: 200 – 650), Speke Ball Room (Seating Capacity: 250 – 700) & Commonwealth Banqueting Hall (seating capacity 100 – 250), The Marina (Seating Capacity: 70 – 150) and Royal Palm (Seating Capacity: 30 - 60 ) are some of the indoor wedding venues available.

The Lakeside, Flag Mast, Mango Garden, Speke Resort Poolside & Commonwealth Poolside, Marina Garden & Peace Hub Garden are the outdoor venues. Outdoor wedding venues have different capacity accommodating size of 300 to over 5000 people.

For outdoor wedding receptions, the hotels provide round tables, plastic chairs, table linen, glasses, cutlery/crockery and service personnel as complimentary services. You can bring in your own DJ, Music System, Wedding Cake and Decoration.

A Platform with a Half Moon High Table can be provided at the cost of Shs300,000/= per day. Hotel can also provide you with Big and Small Tents at an extra cost for the outdoor venues.

For indoor reception, the Ball Rooms, complimentary Lights, LCD Projector, Dance Floor, A/C, Platform with Half-Moon High Table, Round tables, Banqueting chairs, Linen, Cutlery, Crockery and Service Personnel

The Marina Restaurant can be provided at the cost of Shs2,500, 000 per day but complimentary services include Round tables, Plastic armless chairs, Linen, Cutlery, Crockery and Service Personnel. You can bring in your own DJ, Music System, Wedding Cake and Decoration.

Food & Beverages

Continental Buffet: Ushs 60,000/= per person, African Buffet with no Dessert: Ushs 50,000/= per person, Indian Buffet: Ushs 100,000/= per person. You can contact the hotel to proposal a special you want for your wedding.

Drink costs: Soda / Water: Ushs 3,500/= per bottle, Beer: 7,000/= per bottle, Wine: 60,000/= per bottle, Sparkling Wine: 105,000/=per bottle. Other beverages can be provided.

Kenyan Land Market Surges

The 2018 East Africa Property Investment (EAPI) Summit released on Tuesday unveiled the new Hass County Land Prices Report as it launched two days of intensive sessions on the regional real estate industry's most pressing challenges, and greatest opportunities.

The summit reported that county land prices had risen by an average 7.37 per cent in 2017, compared to a 12.07 per cent rise in 2016, suffering a general slowdown on election uncertainty and Kenya's new interest rate cap.

However, the county survey delivered evidence of ongoing market strength, as well as underlying patterns pushing land prices in sometimes opposite directions.

"Countrywide, infrastructure development continued to drive strong price growth," said HassConsult Head of Development Consulting Sakina Hassanali. "For many investors, the magical key still remains 'follow the roads'."

Local economic growth also continued to drive land prices upwards.

"We see clearly from price growth of 12 to 14 per cent in Nakuru and Kisumu last year that areas enjoying an influx of business and finance, and underpinned by robust agricultural economies, were only slowed marginally by the elections and rate cap," said Kfir Rusin, EAPI Managing Director.

The county land report, which covers 10 counties and 75 towns across Kenya, also analysed the towns and suburbs that experienced the greatest growth in land prices, and those that suffered falling land prices, finding evidence of pricing cycles playing out within multiple counties.

"From the more than 20 per cent surge in land prices in Utange, which delivered the strongest growth of the year on an influx of elite residents vacating Nyali, to a similar movement to Ngata by residents from Nakuru, the data showed shifts to new residential beacons, as intensive development began to take the shine off former hot spots," said Ms Hassanali.

"Likewise, in tracking the surge in prices in Embakasi, and to a lesser extent Donholm, we see the first signs of gentrification of inner city areas as congestion and commuter lifestyles elevate the attraction of these areas' proximity to the workplace."

Commenting on these urban cycles now playing out in Kenya, Mr Rusin noted that East Africa was now running a full cycle from initial generation of new conurbations, to the regeneration of older centres.

"This latest survey and it's wealth of data show a clear picture of early waves of development driven by advantages of accessibility, location, local activity, and resources such as strong water supply. But as development intensifies, many conurbations experience an evolving character that triggers waves of buyer flight and then a new type of influx," he said.

"Investment into such cycles requires far more insight into the nature of specific areas than was previously the case, when all land prices were rising exponentially."

The county land survey also identified several spots where land prices appear to have overheated, only to sink thereafter, among them Thika, where land prices rose by more than 30 per cent in 2016, only to fall by more than 4 per cent last year, in the biggest price fall of the year.

"Investors need to be wary of surges that fly over and above any development norm, as spots that will very often suffer subsequent price corrections, or, at the very least, subdued and even depressed pricing for some years to follow, as is the case of Ridgeways in Kiambu," said Ms Hassanali.

However, as analysts moved to review the drivers in the multiple local real estate markets, the strength of the overall land price growth - in an election year that saw many commitments stalled and finance constrained on policy interventions - was "a clear testimony to the ongoing potential and needs in Kenyan real estate," said Mr Rusin.

How Ruparelia Investments Have Changed Uganda’s Tourism Sector

In the last decade, Uganda’s tourism sector has seen a tremendous growth on all fronts. Tourists’ arrivals have improved and grown to about two million annually. This growth, according to industry experts, can be attributed to an improvement in the hotel industry.

The improvement in the hotel industry is largely private sector driven with most, if not all worthwhile hotels belonging to private local and international individuals and organizations.

On such entrepreneur who has played a visible role in improving the hotel industry is Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia through is chain of hotels under the Speke Group of Hotels, under the Ruparelia Group of Companies.

The Ruparelia Group runs some of Uganda’s largest and finest hotels and resorts serving both the luxury and budget market. The Group offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation, leisure facilities and the finest conference and business meeting venues in Uganda.

All Ruparelia Group hotels and resorts are situated in the most strategic locations and offer an array of luxury services, intense hospitality, modern amenities and business facilities. Below we list some of the hotels owned by the group that have facilitated tourism in Uganda.

Kabira Country Club

With 95 luxurious guest-rooms and exceptional amenities, Kabira Country Club is perfect for a relaxing get away and somewhere to hold a special event or an impressive venue for a business gathering.

The Ruparelia family purchased the site from Mowlem Construction and has since established a country club renowned throughout not just Kampala, but all of Uganda.

Check them out HERE

Speke Resort Bujagali Falls

Speke Resort at Bujagali Falls offers banda, dormitory or camping accommodation with superb views and the roar of the rapids to lull visitors to sleep at night.

The green clad islands are home or resting place to many species of birds and the foaming blue and white water is an oxygenated heaven for Nile Perch, Tilapia and Tiger Fish.

Early morning the Nile valley shrouded in slowly lifting mist, fish eagles calling, a small flock of white egrets feeding on the lawns and bedraggled cormorants drying their wings on rocky outcrops, will stir every nature lover's heart.

The pounding rapids bring a rush of adrenaline to the day’s rafters and kayakers. Spectacular sunrises and sunsets reflect orange and purple on the river.

Check them out HERE

Forest Cottages

Forest Cottages are brilliantly designed luxury cottages nestled within a peaceful African forest setting. Situated on Naguru Hill in the Bukoto area of Kampala, Uganda, these lavish accommodations have been carefully landscaped to compliment the huge, shady indigenous trees that surround the area.  

Feel the touch of nature while enjoying the comforts of modern conveniences like, internet, telephone, television and locally made furniture. Selectively planted smaller trees, bushes, shrubs and flowers make Forest Cottages an inspiring destination for nature lovers and eco tourists alike.

The hotel provides a small sanctuary for forest wildlife such as coloured turacoes, hornbills, and an additional 20 bird species. Our friendly and courteous staff is always ready to welcome you with pleasure and serve you the best.

Check them out HERE

Dolphin Suites

Dolphin Suites is a beautiful hotel complex nestled in the peaceful neighbourhood of Bugolobi, away from the hustle and bustle of Kampala. Located only five minutes from the city centre, Dolphin Suites is a well-planned easily accessible hotel with an expansive array of facilities and services that will surely grant you an unforgettable, blissful stay.

At Dolphin Suites you can enjoy a quiet moment to yourself in the secure private grounds, relaxing by the pool or visiting our health club — complete with gym, sauna and steam room — before enjoying a delicious meal in our restaurant with fully stocked bar.

It has spacious accommodation facilities, including one and two bedroom apartments, all at competitive prices, are fully air-conditioned with direct access telephone lines, separate kitchen, living room and satellite TV.

Check them out HERE

Speke Hotel

Speke Hotel is one of Kampala's oldest hotels. Speke Hotel was taken over by The Ruparelia Group in 1996. It was then given a major facelift to add comforts to age and grace.

The hotel interior is a dash of trendy sophistication with an afro-colonial look, reflecting philosophies of the early nineteen-century with modern comfort amenities, consisting of natural materials and neutral tones.

All 50 rooms are air-conditioned, have wooden floors, satellite television and a minibar. Speke Hotel is located in the heart of Kampala, close to banks and business centres and offers all the charms of bygone days complimented by efficient, modern services and facilities.

It offers various dishes, daily entertainment, well-stocked bar and business meeting venues. Speke Hotel has three Restaurants and a Bar: Pizzeria (Italian Cuisine), Khyber Pass (Indian Cuisine), Rock Café (Continental Cuisine) and Rock Bar (Cocktail Bar).

Check them out HERE

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort

Set on 90 acres in the Speke Resort complex with majestic views of Lake Victoria, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort is Uganda’s leading 5-star resort.

It was specifically constructed to host the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). It is dedicated to providing unrivalled comfort and unmatched services.

Boasting 449 rooms, cottages and Presidential suites, with a unique blend of traditional Ugandan and ultra modern furnishings, which merge into the Pearl of Africa theme carried throughout the décor, the many room features and amenities ensure a seamless transition from pleasure to business and vice versa.

The meeting rooms are designed around your convenience and are the ideal choice for any occasion, all under one roof. The comprehensive wellness and fitness facilities ensure body and mind work in harmony.

Check them out HERE

Speke Apartments

Speke Apartments provide modern accommodations in one of the best residential areas of Kampala. The Apartments are ideal for executives and their families who come to Kampala for a short to medium stay. They are set in their own pleasant grounds a few minutes from the city centre, but away from the traffic.

There are 27 one-bedroom and 16 three-bedroom apartments, all self contained, fully furnished and equipped with all the gadgets required for a home, including: 16-channel remote controlled satellite TV and a fully equipped kitchen with cooking range, cutlery, fridge/freezer, microwave etc. There is a full housekeeping service with cleaning and laundry services.

In the garden, there are bar and barbeque facilities that guests may use, as well as a small swimming pool, Jacuzzi & sauna. Guests may also make use of the facilities at Kabira Country Club & Speke Resort.

Check them out HERE

Speke Resort and Conference Centre

Speke Resort & Conference Centre, conveniently located only 12 km from the centre of Kampala, offers you the ultimate in luxury accommodation and leisure facilities together with the finest conference and business meeting location in East Africa, all situated in an idyllic setting at Munyonyo on the shore of Lake Victoria.

The Resort offers the best conferencing facilities for national and international clientele, providing a professional but friendly ambience that spells "Pleasure & Comfort" while at work.

It also offers you a choice of luxury accommodation to suit individuals, couples, families or groups on long or short stays, in cottages, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments or studio rooms.

Speke Resort & Conference Centre Munyonyo offers 10 state-of-the-art conference rooms including a 1,000-seat ballroom and 9 multi-function meeting rooms accommodating groups of 10-300.

Check them out HERE

Sudhir Takes Flower Farming Business To Masaka

Businessman Sudhir Ruparelia and his family were recently photographed in Masaka district looking at a potential of acquiring land for the expansive flower and vegetable business.

Ruparelia through his flower growing and exporting companies Rosebud and Premier Roses is the Uganda’s leading flower farmer and exporter. A similar trip to Kayunga district made it known that the businessman is turning his focus to expand the floriculture business.

The Ruparelia family didn’t divulge much information apart from the released images of Sudhir and son Rajiv Ruparelia scouting the vast land in an unnamed village in Masaka. Already the family runs flower farms and production centers in Entebbe, Wakiso, in Wakiso district, just outside the capital Kampala.

Rosebud and Premiers are the biggest exporters of flowers in Uganda, exporting over 180 million stands per year to over 10 countries and employing over 5000 Ugandans at the moment.

Based in Entebbe, Rosebud Ltd is the country's largest exporter of roses, commanding around 40% of Uganda's raised export market. The green houses on the farm cover a total of 50 hectares producing and exporting over 12 million stems per month.

Premier Roses Ltd is the largest exporter of Sweetheart cut. The farm has steel structures and a 100% Hydroponics system supported by a fully automatic centralised irrigation system. Premier Roses Ltd is in the process of expanding up to 65 hectares of green houses for the targeted export of 15 million stems per month by 2014.

The two firms were last year granted a free zone developers license by Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA). “The new status means that both companies won’t have to pay taxes when importing inputs for their production process,” Richard Jabo the Executive Director of UFZA said last year.

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