EHCAI offers a number of services and products to meet the market demands along its strategic priorities. Under specific core business areas, tailor made services and products that are offered include among others; agribusiness virtual and on-site incubation, value addition, processing and product development, trade and investment service provision, market access, agribusiness value chain development, monitoring and evaluation, business research and development, mentoring and coaching, and promotion of agribusiness education.
Along the consultancy services EHCAI produces organic Banana Juice, Banana Cookies as well as Kigesi Honey. The company continuously examines the markets and develops new products to face the demand.
- Agribusiness Value Chain Development
- Agribusiness Incubation
- Value Addition and Processing
- Trade and Investment
EHCAI offers consultancy services to development partners and communities in developing value chains of selected enterprises that include Pineapples, Mangoes, Apples, Bananas, Cassava, Beans, Irish Potatoes, G.Nuts, Piggery, and Diary. The activities done by EHCAI are aimed at building specific value chains in agribusiness by engaging all value chain actors.
EHCAI provides practical training for students from different universities i.e. industrial training students or on-going students and graduates. EHCAI also offers coaching and mentoring services for individuals, SMEs and business people who have business ideas or innovations but lack start-up capital to develop the business ideas. The incubatees are mentored and coached at a cost with favorable terms and conditions. This results into development of new products and services that are up scaled for the market that also generate revenue for the incubatees and the incubator.
EHCAI adds value to banana value chain and honey value chain. Products are produced by the company which includes Exelas banana juice and banana cookies both produced from African high land cooking bananas. Kigezi natural honey is produced as a final product produced from honey as a way of creating direct market to beekeepers in Kigezi region.
EHCAI has established a SACCO to support SMEs, Farmers Cooperatives, Youth, Women and Business community to easily access loans for infrastructure and equipment leasing for agribusiness value chain development. Also EHCAI supports farmers through accessing services on agricultural insurance, production of improved seed at a large scale.
Exelas Banana juice is 100% natural, extracted from organically grown local cooking banana varieties e.g. Kibuzi, Mbwazirume, Ntaragaza, Nyeru, Nyakabururu. From serving as a great snack drink, for your untimely hunger pangs, to treating dry skin and dull hair, banana juice does it all. It is one of the most versatile fruit juices, which is packed with nutrients that are essential for our body. Besides this, adding banana juice to your daily diet can give an array of benefits for your body.
Exelas Banana cookies are made from banana bi-products after filtering out the juice. The banana bi-products are mixed with sugar, shortening, eggs, vanilla extract, wheat flour, baking powder and salt and then baked giving cookies with a fresh banana taste.
Exelas banana wine is produced from East African Highland cooking banana juice pulp as opposed to other banana wines in the market that are made from other banana varieties. Soon hitting the Ugandan market, our red and white medium sweet wine will be packaged in glass bottles of 750 and 330ml. It will not only be marketed in Uganda but other east African countries as well like Rwanda, Congo and Tanzania. We have so far made 3 sensory evaluation tests, at 6, 12 and 18 months. The wine characteristic flavors have been increasing and we plan to package at 24 months.
Kigezi natural honey is processed and packed by Excel Hort Consult Ltd and it is 100 % natural honey from and around hills, valleys of Kabale, the lush green land in Western Uganda in the heart of Africa. Honey, a natural product, can vary in color, consistency and taste. Honey is a natural sweetener that can substitute sugar. It is an energy source that can intensify weight loss and improve athletic performance by maintaining the sugar levels. Honey is a source of vitamins as well as minerals and can be used as a skin care product. It is helpful in wound management and includes antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which are useful in traditional medicine. “Escape to Kigezi natural Honey…the sweet spot."