President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday (February 9, 2016) flagged off the first batch of made in Uganda tee-shirts that are destined for Denmark.
The 6-ton consignment was made by Fine Spinners Uganda Limited. The local garments industry utilized pure homegrown cotton to make the tee-shirts. Fine Spinners has just joined a list of garment producers who export to the international market, a statement from State House read.
Addressing staff and workers of the Bugolobi-based garments industry in Kampala, President Museveni urged them to cultivate trust and cooperation amongst themselves (employees and employer) for a smooth running of the industry. He praised the administrators for a job well done.
Speaking after the flagging off ceremony, the Managing Director for cotton growing organization in Uganda, Mrs. Jolly Sabune observed that the exportation of Ugandan products to the international market will go a long way in adding value to Uganda’s cotton. She called on farmers to put more efforts to grow more cotton noting that by so doing, the country will attract more investment opportunities resulting in the creation of more employment opportunities for Ugandans.
The company’s CEO Mr V. Joshi took time to conduct the President through the process of manufacturing Tee-Shirts, right from raw cotton to finished product.
Two years in and already making progress
Fine Spinners Limited was commissioned by President Museveni in December 2014 and barely two years into the business, and the company has already provided employment to so many Ugandans and created export-worth products that will boost country’s foreign trade relations and gains.
In addition to producing T-shirts with the colors of the Uganda National Flag at the collar and the crane bird on the breast pocket, the company also produces jeans. These products have a ready market in Denmark, Germany and the United States of America.
During the launching ceremony, the head of state expressed his enthusiasm about the project noting that factory will help to end the hemorrhage of Ugandan products. He added that processed garments fetched much more abroad than exported raw materials.
By the end of 2016 -two years since its commissioning- the company is expected to have employed more than 3,000 youth, and engaging over 30, 000 Ugandan cotton farmers to meet the demand of the raw material.
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