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Ugandan farmers benchmark in Iran

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A section of Ugandan farmers and the business community is currently in the Islamic Republic of Iran to attend the Iran Agrofood Expo 2023
This festival attracts various business personalities and companies from different countries including Uganda to explore business opportunities for trade relations and cooperation.

On Thursday the delegation from Uganda led by Mr Isah Katungulu Luyimbazi the African Youth Ambassador traveled to Tehran to attend the expo which is running between June 17 and 20.

It attracted more than 3,000,000 members from different companies and institutions at the Tehran International Exhibition Center.

“We left Entebbe international airport at 13:30hrs and reached Sharjah Airport at 2100 hrs by Air Arabia flight. We left Sharjah Airport on Friday 16th June 2024 at 9:30 am for Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran with Air Arabia G9 201. We reached Imam Khomeini International Airport at 10:30 am safely,” said Kautingulu

“We reached at International Ferdowsi Grand Hotel at 10:00 pm which is one of the prestigious hotels in the capital of Tehran with amazing artistic interior and decoration.

We held a meeting with organizers, consultants, and Ugandan business delegates who signed a memorandum of understanding for easy trade cooperation at the same hotel,” he added.

The Iran Consulting Group was founded in 2007. The company’s line of business includes providing business consulting services on a contract or fee as led by Ali Rashtari, Dr. Memari Mohsen General Manager, and Dr. Salafi.

The Uganda delegation was led by the following:

  1. Mrs. Esther from Mugalabi Technical Ventures Limited
  2. Issah Katungulu Luyimbaazi from the Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Uganda who doubles as the African Youth Ambassador.
  3. Dr. Jamil Kijjambu Ssebalu from Uganda Farmers Dialogue and director of Namasuba College of Commerce

Dr. Salafi appreciated and welcomed the Ugandan businessmen and women for choosing Iran as their business destination.
He said that Iran and Uganda have good working relationships but other sectors like trade are not well attended to and it was a good time to open up.

Zar Group which deals in food products and organic fertilizers and also request the delegation to visit their factories to test their line of production. This company also need to buy maize, banana, and coffee from Uganda.

Mr. Morteza Soltani, Chairman of the board, Zar Grain Refinery which is under Zar Group located in Alborz province, Kordan area was established in 1998; 25 years ago with confectionaries, Biogas Electrical factory situated on 110 acres.

Produce materials from maize as the main material to produce Amino acid fertilizers to produce food products in the Middle East and Africa. They are producing 16 types of fertilizers, macron, chocolates, biscuits, corn oil, corn and sesame, corn oil + Vitamin D3.

They import industrial maize from Ukraine, Brazil, and Russia.

On the guided tour, we visited the Grain storage silos with high capacity for storage of all kinds of cereals, fertilizer factory, biogas electric factory, fructose factory, and meeting with management.

Zar Group requested the size of the land, type of farming, type of crops, and soil analyzer and they will send an expert to Uganda.

The Uganda delegation was taken on a guided tour to Azadi Square, which is a sign of Iran’s freedom and liberty.

Mr. Hamid Reza Nami, chairman board of directors welcomed the Ugandan trade delegation to the Islamic Republic of Iran and showed interest to work with the Iranian machine manufacturers.

He said that they are willing to extend their products and services in East Africa and promised to participate in Ugandan trade exhibitions throughout the year.

The Iranian Tractor, combine harvester, machines, and Agricultural equipment manufacturers Association is the largest organization of Agricultural tools and machinery producers in the Middle East located in a suitable region for exporting all types of agricultural machinery.

Iran is one of the industrial and agricultural countries in the Middle East that produces a large part of agricultural machinery.

Uganda is the pearl of Africa hence a food basket of Africa due to the enabling climate that favors Agricultural related activities.

Uganda has the challenge of meeting production quality demands since it serves a bigger agricultural market.

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