By Nasser Kasozi Akandwanaho
Uganda’s biggest flower company operated by Ruparelia Group of companies Rosebud, a leading grower, and exporter of flowers has donated 2,000 mattresses to 10 communities that provide labour and other support to the farm located in Namulanda, Entebbe.
According to the Managing Director Ruparelia Group of Companies Rajiv Ruparelia, the donation is part of the company’s community social responsibility outreach Programme, where every year through Ruparelia Foundation they commit funds to support vulnerable and needy communities in the country mainly in areas of operation.
According to statistics Rosebud, the Flower Company exports about 150 million roses annually and according to Rajiv Ruparelia, the company has now obtained international certification which allows it to sell its flowers to many countries.
Rosebud Ltd, has decided to buy 2000 mattresses for the workers spread across 10 villages. Mr Ruparelia asked workers to give their best shot at producing quality flowers because the market for flowers keeps growing and next year they are likely to make more money as the world recovers from the global pandemic.
Rosebud, Uganda’s Leading Flower exporter plans to increase production to meet the growing demand of flowers across the world.
The company founded by city tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia exports about 150 million roses annually.
“We now have international certification which means Uganda now exports quality flowers to all major markets. We have also attained fair trade standards which means we sell at a good value that benefits the country and our workforce, Rajiv Ruparelia said.
This, he said, calls for the expansion of the business, and in the long run, it will increase revenue for the country and create more jobs.
“The market abroad is very big. Even if we increase the acreage of our farms, we will not satisfy the entire market. This means we need to increase productivity using good farm practices that we have used for many years. If you work hard we shall all benefit as a family,” he said.
Rajiv called for unity and hard work emphasizing the need to amicably address any disagreements that may arise.
“We are a family and trust me your interest is our interest. We are all in this together to ensure your livelihoods are improved. That you can take your children to school and have a good life. So let’s work hard together to achieve together,” he said.
Mr. Rajiv says that Rosebud is going to expand and this will increase revenue for the country and create more jobs for Ugandan youth and women.
“The market abroad is very big. Even if we increase the acreage of our farms we will not satisfy the entire market. This means we need to increase productivity using good farm practices that we have used for many years. If you work hard we shall all benefit as a family”, Rajiv said as he called for unity and hard work emphasizing the need to amicably address any disagreements that may arise in the course of executing their work.
Rosebud Flower Company sits on approximately 60 hectares of land which are under greenhouses and employs more than 1,500 workers and contributes millions of shillings to the government of Uganda coffers for national development.