Uganda’s top businessman, Sudhir Ruparelia has set foot in Masaka area with plans to acquire land for expansion of his multi-billion Rosebud flower business.
Sudhir also intends to use part of the farm land to venture into vegetables.
Sudhir who was accompanied his son Rajiv Ruparelia and other mangers from Ruparelia group toured several areas to find out the fertility of the soil before acquiring it.
Last month Sudhir acquired 9 nine square miles of land in Kayunga district to expand his horticulture and floriculture farming business.
Sudhir bought the land in Bale County as part of expansion to Masaka and Entebbe road floriculture business.
Sudhir is one of the top tax and employers in Uganda and his expansion into the fertile Kayunga district which boarders River Nile is seen as part of his growing horticulture industry that has made Uganda one of the leading fresh flower exporting countries in the world.
Ruparelia already runs two floriculture companies in Entebbe, Wakiso district — Rosebud Limited and Premier Roses.
The two companies produce a large variety of flowers, including Seetheart Roses; Valentino (dark red), Viva (bright yellow), Chelsea (orange), Red Calypso (bright red), Meera (champagne), Akito (white) and Blushing Akito.
Rosebud and Premiers are the biggest exporters of flowers in Uganda, exporting over 180 million stands per year to over 10 countries and employing over 5000 Ugandans at the moment.
In October last year, the two companies were officially granted a free zone developers license by Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA), implying that they now export flowers without paying any taxes.