UGANDA – Pearl Dairy Farm Limited, the largest dairy processor in Uganda marketing its products under the flagship brand LATO, has donated liquid milk worth UGX 345 million (US$91,600) to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The 41,200 litres of liquid were donated to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and the Indian Association of Uganda with OPM receiving milk worth UGX 225 million (US$59,700) while the Indian Association of Uganda received milk worth UGX 120 million (US$31,800).
Pearl Dairy head of sales, Mr Nirav Patel said, “We are all concerned for the wellbeing of the people of Uganda during this crisis. Good nutrition is essential for both healthy people and those already infected with COVID-19 because it helps strengthen the body’s immune system.”
“We know that milk is an especially important dietary component for the young. This is why Pearl Dairy Farm Ltd has taken this step to contribute towards this cause and demonstrate our commitment to this fight,” he added
On the same note, Nile Breweries Ltd, the leading beer manufacturer in Uganda has donated 25,000kgs (25 tons) of maize flour to the ministry of Health.
The 4,166 bags each containing 6kgs of maize flour will go towards catering for the feeding needs of vulnerable Ugandans whose lives have been disrupted by the on-going coronavirus lockdown in the country.
“Times such as these call for individuals, communities, public and private sectors to rally together in efforts to fight the fast-spreading disease and support each other. It shows the strength in community,” said NBL country director Thomas Kamphuis.
“The purpose of Nile Breweries Ltd, which is ‘bringing people together for a better world remains as relevant as ever, in these challenging times,” he added.
From the donation, 3,000 bags will supplement the central government’s efforts in food allocation while 1,166 bags will be donated to the vulnerable communities in Buikwe and Mbarara districts where the NBL factories are located.
In addition, NBL also donated 1,600 litres of fuel to the local coronavirus task forces through the Residence District Commissioners (RDC) office to facilitate movements of the district task forces.
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