NBL pumps Shs. 240 million water for farmers
18 November 2009
Press release. November 16 - Nile Breweries Limited has expanded its corporate social investment among sorghum and barley farmers in Uganda, by launching a shs. 240 million, three-year, project to provide them with clean water.
Each year the company will provide four boreholes to selected sorghum and barley farming communities in different Ugandan districts that grow the two crops, from which the company makes beer.
The company handed over the first four boreholes drilled during 2009 to the benefitting communities on November 11, 2009, at Ocapa Soroti District, in a ceremony presided over by the Minister of State for Water, Jennifer Namuyangu.
"The government commends Nile Breweries for supporting its efforts to ensure one hundred per cent clean water coverage for rural communities," Minister Namuyangu said.
The first farming communities to get boreholes were Kaderuna, Kachumbala, Usuk and Ocapa in Budaka, Bukedea, Katakwi and Soroti districts respectively.
"This is the latest addition in our corporate social investment programmes for our farmers," Nile Breweries Managing Director Nick Jenkinson said.
He said the company already had health, environmental conservation and enterprise development programmes for the farmers.
Over 8,000 farmers across Uganda are engaged in growing sorghum and barley for Nile Breweries, enjoying guaranteed market and stable prices for the past eight years.
Nile Breweries, the leading provider of Uganda‘s locally produced beer, is a subsidiary of SABMiller, the world's second largest brewer. SABMiller is listed on both the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.
ISSUED BY THE NILE BREWERIES CORPORATE AFFAIRS OFFICE