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Profiting from the grain business

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Above Rutebemberwa samples the grains

Above Rutebemberwa samples the grains before they are packaged. Right, workers packaging the grains before they are taken for sale.  

By  ISMAIL MUSA LADU

Posted  Tuesday, September 2   2014 at  01:00

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And because of his value for time he has over the years built an investment that so easily made it into the prestigious Top 100 mid-size companies in the country.

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Seizing the opportunity. For a country like Uganda which enjoys good climate and fertile soils, there is every reason to to cash in on the benefits that come with. Rutebemberwa has chosen to tap into the opportunities that the regional food basket has to offer

Mr Robert Rutebemberwa built his investment through sheer hard work.

Perhaps that explains why the founder and the Chief Executive officer of Birya United Agencies Limited is a man of few words as he prefers his actions to do the talking.

A one-on-onemeeting with the grain producer/dealer is one of the shortest you could get as his responses are precise and concise.
And because of his value for time he has over the years built an investment that so easily made it into the prestigious Top 100 mid-size companies in the country.

How Birya United agencies was started
After mobilizing Shs10million, Mr Rutebemberwa ventured into business with the main aim of making ends meet.

Before that, he had a stint with several organisations before eventually making up his mind in 1997 to venture into business full time. This marked the establishment of Birya United Agencies.

Products traded and the market
Being an agricultural country, the Makerere University Business School graduate decided to try his hand at the produce business. And by his own admission he has never regretted the decision.

Being a typical entrepreneur he has also since ventured into manufacturing of laundry soap.
He is a major supplier and deals in produce such as beans, rice and maize among other produces.

His major markets are the government institutions under the internal affairs and Defence ministry. He also supplies Ugandan troops outside the country’s borders.

Employment
He employs more than 20 people. And depending on the season the number of employment increases.

Challenges encountered
Delayed payments after delivering the supplies, high cost of credit, let alone escalating cost of doing business in the country remain stinging issues that Mr Rutebemberwa said affect his capacity to deliver at optimum level.

Achievements registered
Being ranked among the Top 100 Mid-size companies is an honour, he says. He believes hard work and deliberate aim to be better and professional earned him that prize.

And as a result of the successes and experience he has acquired over the years he has since established a laundry soap processing plant called Super Laundry Bar Soap.

Future
He is putting up a large storage room where he will store big volumes of silos. He is also looking out for reasonable credit facilities that will help him expand his businesses further.

Advice to upcoming entrepreneurs
The Mbarara based-businessman believes in hard work and making good use of time. He says young entrepreneurs should not just work hard but also be patient as there will always be a breakthrough in business. However, he warns that it is only those who are prepared and have the endurance to fold their sleeves and get involved that will be the ones that make it to another level.

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