De Heus Animal Nutrition has successfully held the groundbreaking ceremony for its new state-of-the-art aquafeed plant in Njeru, near Jinja
The facility will be the first dedicated aquafeed plant in Uganda and marks and important milestone for the company. At full capacity, the plant will have the capability to produce approximately 50,000 metric tonnes of fish feed per year, catering to the growing demand in the East African market.
Uganda possesses immense potential for aquaculture, given its large lakes and favorable water temperatures that support year-round fish farming. By launching this plant, De Heus aims to provide a positive boost to the aquaculture industry in Uganda and the surrounding countries. Although the industry has shown promising growth in recent years, it requires affordable and reliable quality feeds for further development. Currently, most feeds are imported, but the company's local factory will offer a shorter, more flexible supply chain.
The impact of this plant goes beyond employment at the facility itself. De Heus anticipates a significant positive effect on employment among fish farmers and suppliers, as the company aims to replace imports and source raw materials such as maize, cassava, soy, and others locally as much as possible.