The Mairye story since 1956

Our heritage

The Mairye story since 1956 when Khanmohamed Hudda bought the farm in South Central Uganda and started a rubber plantation.

The latex was processed on the farm and sold in sheet form to the Bata Shoe Company. Coffee was also grown in these years, and was mainly exported to the United States after processing. After rubber and coffee prices fell in the late 1950s, Mairye changed to the cultivation of sugar and this remained the primary focus of the estate until the Hudda family were forced into exile by the Amin regime in the early 1970s.

In 1986, the Hudda family returned to Uganda to rebuild the estate, and after Ugandan market liberalisation in 1992, started growing roses for export. Since then the estate has gone from strength to strength, built on a base of sound farming experience and an intimate knowledge of the landscape in which it is situated.

Uganda's equatorial, higher altitude tropical climate provides 365 frost free growing and processing days a year, ensuring a continuous uninterrupted single-supplier reliability you will not find anywhere else. This also obviates the need for seasonal labour resulting in higher level of skill in our workforce.


MPS-Socially Qualified
MMPS-SOCIALLY QUALIFIED- Working healthy and safely A certificate that allows you to demonstrate that your products are cultivated under good working conditions. MPS-SQ includes requirements on health, safety and terms of employment, and is based on universal human rights, the codes of conduct of local representative organisations, and International Labour Organization (ILO) agreements.
MPS-A, B and C are environmental registration certificates. The qualifications MPS-A, -B and -C are awarded to MPS participants who record their usage of crop protection agents, fertilisers, energy and waste over four-week periods. At the end of the period, participants send the recorded data to MPS, to be processed using calculation rules. A maximum number of achievable points has been set for each theme. Points may be allocated differently for countries outside north-western Europe due to the addition of the theme water.
MPS - ETI Qualified
MPS-GAP is a label with which you can anticipate the market demands of the retail channel. The MPS-GAP certification scheme is based on the criteria formulated by the European retail organisation EUREP for safe, sustainably-cultivated, high-quality and traceable products. These criteria are expressed in Good Agricultural Practice (GAP).
The MPS-GAP certification scheme is based on and officially benchmarked against the familiar GLOBALG.A.P. certificate of supermarket organisations in Europe. Requirements are drawn up for safe, sustainably cultivated, high quality and easily traceable products.
ISO 9001:2008 Certified
ISO 9001:2008 is a quality system based on quality management and quality assurance. It helps us create a linkage between the various processes we have on our farm. With this process based approach we are able to understand:
  • The importance of understanding and meeting our customers' requirements
  • Continuous improvement based on objective measurement
Fair Trade
Fairtrade is the organization that coordinates Fairtrade labelling at an international level. Fairtrade standards, organize support for producers around the world, develop global Fairtrade strategy, and promote trade justice internationally.