Leading flower exporting companies in Uganda, Rosebud and Premier Roses, all under the Ruparelia Group received Free Zone licenses from Uganda Free Zones Authority yesterday in a colourful ceremony held in Namulanda Parish, Ssisa Subcounty, Wakiso District.
An initiative to counter the environmental impact, the Free Zone is aimed at promoting flower exports to meet global standards. It also helps in creating employment and the commodity processing from trading raw materials to finished goods.
Rosebud Ltd seemingly the country’s largest exporter of roses, commanding around 40% of Uganda’s raised export market produces flower types such as: Sweetheart Roses; Valentino (dark red), Viva (bright yellow), Chelsea (orange), Red Calypso (bright red), Meera (champagne), Akito (white) and Blushing Akito.
Minister Sate for investment and privatization, Evelyn Anite and State Minister for Environment, Mary Kitutu and team from Uganda Free Zones Authority attended the occasion.
Speaking at the event, Ruparelia Sudhir, owner of the two companies promised to increase the production of roses and create more employment for Ugandans.
Anite, who was also the chief guest, hailed Sudhir for investing in various sectors in the country, saying his investments have created jobs for Ugandans.
Sudhir has invested in Uganda in different sectors, including education, real estate, floriculture and the hospitality industry.