NGOMA- Inyange Industries has assured farmers in Ngoma District that there is a ready market for all the pineapples they produce.
The assurance comes after farmers had complained of lack of a sufficient market due to an alleged temporary breakdown of machines at the factory.
According to Inyange management, the breakdown was fixed immediately and the plant is in position to purchase all pineapples.
The company’s management, however, noted that there was a challenge in production of quality pineapples observing that farmers should endeavour to improve on quality.
“Inyange Industries would like to assure its esteemed pineapple fruit suppliers that the company is committed to receiving quality pineapples,” said Eugene Mukama, the Inyange Supply Chain Manager.
He disclosed that the firm has the capacity to purchase as much as 40 tonnes of the fruit every week.
Noel Sekamana, the vice chairman of a cooperative that promotes pineapple farming (COPANA) in Sake Sector, reaffirmed that the farmers were closely working with Inyange, through the cooperative to boost pineapple production.
He told The New Times yesterday that Inyange technicians had advised them how to ensure quality yields.
“There was a temporary market scare, but after meeting Inyange officials, we shall, from Thursday, supply 20 tonnes of pineapples to the factory,” he said.
Gilbert Rutayisire, the Agricultural Officer at the district explained that the quality of pineapples is affected during transportation.
He advised the farmers and company officials to come up with a solution to address the issue.