De Heus Animal Nutrition held the groundbreaking ceremony for a new plant in Njeru, near Jinja. This state-of-the-art facility will be the first dedicated aquafeed plant in Uganda and marks an important milestone for the company.
“At De Heus we believe in the potential of Africa and that is why we are investing in expanding our footprint: in South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, and recently with modern factories in Ghana and Ivory Coast. And now in Uganda,” said Theo Smalbraak, business group director Africa & Middle East.
The impact of this plant goes beyond employment at the facility itself. The company anticipates a significant positive effect on employment among fish farmers and its suppliers, as it aims to replace imports and source raw materials such as maize, cassava, soy, and others locally as much as possible.
“We feel privileged to have welcomed honored guests in celebrating this special occasion of the groundbreaking ceremony. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our partners, the government, local authorities, the Dutch embassy, and our business relations for their unwavering support,” the company said.
With nearly 100 factories spread across Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, De Heus Animal Nutrition has grown rapidly to become one of the top 10 global feed companies. In Uganda, the company operates under two distinct brands: De Heus for aquafeed and Koudijs for other livestock feeds.