Nebbi – West Nile region is moving higher as far as tea growing is concerned.
After Zombo district now excited to have processed and packed “Zombo Tea”, Nebbi leadership have quickly come openly to join the ‘tea race’.
In his letter dated 16, August, 2019 to northern Uganda State Minister, Grace Freedom Kweyocwiny, the Nebbi district LC5 chairman, Urombi Emmanuel expressed commitment to work with The Edwin Foundation Tea Intitative Limited.
In that letter, Mr. Urombi asked the Minister (Office of the Prime Minister) for technical support in tea management.
The LC5 letter was in reference to a prior letter to him, authored by Minister, Grace Freedom on 25, July, 2019 under Ref. PD88/163/3 introducing The Edwin Foundation Tea Initiative Limited to support the district in technical tea management.
“Since 2016 when tea seedlings were delivered to farmers in Nebbi, there were a number of challenges faced by farmers including drought and as such we are far behind,” Mr. Urombi said.
Earlier this year, according to him, Uganda Development Cooperation went to the district and energized the district leadership to mobilise farmers for tea growing since the factory will be established within the region.
“The introduction of the Edwin Foundation Tea Initiative Limited is therefore a step in the right direction. This is to request you to strengthen this partnership as we are willing to work with this foundation,” he added
The foundation director, Edwin Atekunda Beekunda told TND News his interest is to see tea multiplication, production in northern Uganda a reality.
“I have done this in the Western part of the country (Kamwenge and other districts), northern Uganda has got massive potentials and people are willing and ready for tea,” Mr. Atekunda added.
“I ask for support from farmers, district leaders and government. Tea will eradicate our poverty,” he told TND News on Wednesday.