President Museveni commissioned Sukulu phosphate plant, phase 1 of the China-Uganda free zone of International Industrial Coperation, a comprehensive industrial project implemented by Guangzhou Dongsong energy Group Uganda Limited, in Sukulu village, Tororo district.
The project is part of the of 620 million US dollars investment.
The project with a phosphate fertilizer production plant, is introducing the first purely organic fertilisers on tbe local market and will be producing 50,000 tons at the start which will grow to 100,000 tons as the demand grows even beyond borders across the region.
Dongsong Energy Group Uganda Limited is also undertaking a number of other projects under the Uganda-China free zone of international industrial cooperation. These are steel production, glass making and producing Iron Slag Powder, brick making, shear butter production, among others
The industry is going to be the first in East Africa to carry out the full production from mining of minerals, separating them from ore or dressing and processing them into final products.
The President who toured the phosphate fertilizer plant and other upcoming factories was happy to note that once the factories are fully operational, Uganda would no longer need to import fertilisers, glass, steel and Iron and this would save the country lots of money.
“In 2013 Uganda was spending 50 million dollars on importing fertilisers from china but this will stop. we were spending 23 million dollars on importing glass per year, all these imports will stop and instead we will be exporting to the region,” he said.
His Excellency explained to the people that the reason why there was a delay in establishing mineral factories in the region was because the government and other private companies in Uganda did not have enough capital to invest and money to compensate the people who were on the land.