School of Food Technology wins UMA Show Award 2012
Makerere University School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio engineering on October 10,2012 emerged as Best Exhibitor in service sector at the Uganda Manufacturer’s Association (UMA) show that took place from October 4th – 10th 2012.
The week long show attracted participants from ministries, telecom companies, Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Madhvani, Spear motors, Jessa farm Nice Plastics and Roofing Ltd among others.
The school of food technology sent a team of 16 people who presented a variety of over 20 products beating all the other competitors at a colourful ceremony that was presided over by the minister of Trade and Industry Amelia Kyambadde and the Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali.
“We deserved it because we had new products on the market which no one had. We had no duplication they were all organic products and the best food products” the exhibition team leader, Dr. Balimunsi Hussein Kivumbi remarked.
Happy Moment: Exhibitors, the trophy and some of the products on closing day of the show
The Award was handed over by the Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali to Kiggundu Micheal an incubate who received it on behalf the team leader.
Exhibited products came from the Food Technology and Business Incubation Centre( FTBIC). They included bottled pineapple juice cocktails, soya bean products, sausages, smoked meat, Omulondo liquor, canned Katunkuma, lemon grass flavored tea, nutrient dense cookies, amarathus products, canned maize and beans and health bars most of which are in leading retail outlets in the country, contributing to import substitution.
The FTBIC is pilot plant that was established at the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio engineering to develop new food value addition businesses based on research conducted at Makerere University and to support the University to produce job creators.
Incubatee, trophy alongside some of the exhibited products
The incubates (mostly fresh graduates) have access to processing facilities and are provided with technical support to boost their capacity in production, marketing and business management. This has led to the development of new food value addition enterprises. So far, eleven agro processing enterprises have been set up. They include, Dawn Industries, Smart Foods, Hamko, Choice Cuts Ltd, Samalina Beverages, Jordan Foods, House of Russa, Nutreal Ltd, and Food and Nutrition Solutions Ltd.