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Alur told to grow coffee, tea

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th May 2011 03:00 AM

Fred Jacan Omach, the outgoing finance state minister, has urged the residents of Zombo district to grow coffee and tea to eradicate household poverty and create employment for the youth.

Fred Jacan Omach, the outgoing finance state minister, has urged the residents of Zombo district to grow coffee and tea to eradicate household poverty and create employment for the youth.

By Ayiga Ondoga

Fred Jacan Omach, the outgoing finance state minister, has urged the residents of Zombo district to grow coffee and tea to eradicate household poverty and create employment for the youth.

“We should increase the growing of coffee and embark on the growing of tea under the new sh15b pilot project. Our coffee will be used for blending other coffee brands,” Omach said at the swearing-in party for Stanley Omwonya, the Okoro County MP. Omach said in Kampala last week that the high value coffee was grown in Bugisu in eastern Ugandan and Zombo in West Nile due to their fertile soils and climate.

He noted that when the Nyagak Hydro-power project is completed, factories will be established to process the various crops to add value for external markets.

Omach said the Government had earmarked sh5b for the construction of a tea factory in Zombo district.

“Northern Uganda will develop like any other region if the construction of Nyagak and Karuma power projects and the reconstruction of the railway lines are completed,” Omach observed.

The party was attended by Nebbi and Zombo district officials, religious and cultural leaders from the region.

The Prime Minister of Alur Kingdom, Dr. Edwin Wathum Jalkwiyu called up on politicians from the region to work together with the cultural leaders to uplift the living standards of the local people .

Wathum said, “It’s only through development programmes that we can fight poverty among the Alur communities in Uganda and the DR Congo. We want unity which can bring together the Alur people in the dispora and those at home.”

Alur told to grow coffee, tea

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