A Hungarian business delegation in Uganda is negotiating about the Hungarian-Ugandan agricultural cooperation opportunities. The successful discussion made it clear that the Ugandan agriculture provides a wide range of business possibilities for Hungarian enterprises. The sample farm in Uganda that is run by the Hungarian Cultural and Trade Center (HTTC) is already very successful; the delegation visited Kapeke, and tasted the jackfruit pálinka, one of the specialities of the farm, writes vilagszam.hu.
The farm is not only a producer unit, but a service centre as well, as agronomist Attila Máthé stated. Besides giving job to local farmers, they will possibly work together with the local universities’ Department of Agricultural Economics, too. The farm mainly produces corn, but there are several other vegetables, and the passion fruit as well. They also breed goats and pigs. The pine trees that are grown on the farm provide construction material for local farmers.
There’s a plan for introducing premium category pálinkas, which would be made of local tropic fruits. According to the experiments, the jackfruit, which is unknown in Hungary, is an excellent material: the quality is great and it’s very substantial; mango, however, is not suitable for producing pálinka, because too much fruit is necessary to make even a small amount. The locals’ feedback show that the product will probably be successful.
The African-Hungarian Union’s (AHU) and the Hungarian Trade and Cultural Center’s (HTTC) healthcare centre is already being built right next to the farm, and will solve the problem of medical care, that there is only one doctor for every 1.000 person in this region of Uganda, said Sarolta Szijjártó, AHU’s goodwill ambassador.
Members of the delegation did not only taste the pálinka, but took a tour around the farm together with Sándor Balogh, president of AHU, and tasted the antelope stew as well.
based on an article of vilagszam.hu
translated by Adrienn Sain
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