NBL pumps 30 million liters of water for farmers (Translation)
30 November 2010
November 24, 2010
Nile Breweries Limited (NBL), has so far invested Shs. 160 million to provide clean water to farmers in different parts of Uganda who grow sorghum and barley for its brewing needs, a company statement said today.
The company on November 22, 2010, handed over the second batch of four (4) boreholes to selected farming communities in Amuria, Dokolo, Lira and Oyam in a ceremony at Kangai Sub-County, Dokolo District.
This brought the total to eight (8) boreholes that Nile Breweries has drilled for farmers in a programme that started last year, with provision of another four boreholes to sorghum farmers in Budaka, Bukedea, Katakwi and Soroti.
The Nile Breweries Managing Director, Nick Jenkinson, asked the farmers to protect the boreholes so that they serve them for many years.
"The borehole we are launching here in Kangai is not a property of Nile Breweries, but belongs to you," Nick Jenkinson said.
He said that the eight boreholes Nile Breweries had so far drilled for farmers would generate nearly 30 million litres of water per annum, benefitting over 4,000 people.
The boreholes-for-farmers is a three-year project, in which Nile Breweries will invest Shs. 240 million.
Speaking for areas that benefitted from the latest installment of boreholes, the Chairman of Dokolo district, Okello-Okello, applauded Nile Breweries and pledged full support to supervision of the boreholes use.
"I commend Nile Breweries for buying our sorghum and providing clean water to the community through boreholes," Okello-Okello said.
Managing Director Nick Jenkinson added that the boreholes were just part of Nile Breweries wider corporate social investment in the farming communities, which includes health programmes, environment protection, and enterprise development.
"Next year we shall start also a secondary school scholarship scheme for children of our farmers," he said.
Nile Breweries is the Ugandan subsidiary of SABMiller plc, the world's second largest brewer, with a very strong commitment to sustainable development.
* Dr. James Mulwana, Chairman (Ugandan)
* Elly Karuhanga (Ugandan)
* Nick Jenkinson, Managing Director (British)
* Robin Goetzsche (South African)
* Elwyn Whitley (South African)
* Dave Carruthers (British)
This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on www.sabmiller.com. We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist. Note: This news release was first published in its local market on 24/11/2010.