Rosebud Ltd, Uganda’s leading grower and exporter of flowers has donated 2,000 mattresses to 10 communities that provide labor and other support to the farm through its Corporate Social Responsibility move.
The donation was delivered by Rajiv Ruparelia, The Managing director of the Ruparelia Group of Companies, and head of the farm located in Namulanda, Entebbe.
Rajiv while delivering the mattressed said Rosebud exports about 150 million roses annually and now that the company has obtained an international fair-trade certification, this will allow it to sell its flowers abroad.
“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 emphasising 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.
Rosebud sits on 60 hectares of land which are under greenhouses and employs more than 1,500 workers.