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WFP to build six produce stores in Lango
Publish Date: Aug 21, 2011
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By PATRICK OKINO

THE World Food Programme (WFP) is to construct six stores in Lango sub-region to help farmers keep their produce and sell together as a group to medium scale buyers.

The new stores (collection points) will be set up in Alebtong, Otuke, Oyam and Lira districts, according to WFP head of Lira sub-office Emmanuel Odongo.

Odongo disclosed this during a conference for Lira produce buyers at Lira Hotel. The conference was organised by WFP under the theme of operationalising purchase for progress and infrastructure in Lango.

“We are encouraging farmers to bulk their produce and sell in a group so that their bargaining power is enhanced,” Odongo said.

He said WFP was expecting the production of maize as high as 1,200 matrix tons this season out of 120 farmer groups they are dealing with.

Odongo said WFP had invested in improving market infrastructure like access to roads, satellite collection points and building farmers’ capacities in post-harvest handling.

He said three collection points had been constructed and farmers were utilising them to to boost incomes by selling to reliable buyers at a fair price.

Mike Ario, the acting district marketing officer, said domestic market produce in Lango was facing challenges because of middlemen and unstable prices.

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