Handmade paper which is currently Pulp and Paper Technology started in 2005 with the Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) being mandated to produce paper from banana fibre. For the last 14 years in operation, the project has tremendously achieved significant results through utilizing numerous agricultural fibres. Some of the fibres that have already been used to produce paper of acceptable quality include; banana fibre (stems), pineapple crowns, cotton rags, sisal, bagasse, papyrus, wheat straw, waste paper to mention but a few.
These fibres have been converted into high value-added commercial products especially Paper, packaging bags, folders, cards among others using affordable and appropriate technologies. This has been done through focused research and development of different products to help in training and developing of new enterprises in Uganda. The Technology is currently being commercialized through Incubation and Diversification in Waste processing. Three SMEs are actively involved in production of Packaging Paper and other related paper products.
Services offered by the section
- Incubation and diversification in Production of packaging paper and other related paper products
- Fibre Identification/Mapping
- Proximity and Physical analysis of fibres through treatment for Paper making
- Training and Mentoring of SMEs, Individuals, NGOs, Institutions among others in the areas of fibre extraction, Treatment, Paper making and Paper bags making
Summarized information of the Paper Plant
|Type of product||Status/ brief description||Future developments/plans|
|Pulp & Paper products from Natural fibres||Pulp & Paper Technology Section; Focuses on turning agricultural waste into Packaging paper and other related services including Incubation and diversification in waste management. The main activities include among others;