Decentralise tea mother gardens to sub-counties – RDC Lapolo tells EFOTI

Edwin Atukunda Beekunda (1st from L, RDC Major Santos Okot Lapolo, DAO Gulu and other district leaders at Lugore prisons on Wednesday.

Gulu—August 20, 2020: Gulu Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Major (Rtd) Santos Okot Lapola yesterday launched tea farming in Acholi sub-region.

During his visits to the mother garden at Lugore prison, Patiko sub-county in Gulu district, the RDC who was the Chief Guest appealed to the Edwin Foundation Tea Initiative (EFOTI Limited), a company at the centre of tea farming in the region to decentralize mother gardens to sub-county levels.

This, the RDC says, will offer easy training to farmers and to allow them embrace this new cash crop and for easy access to the farmers.

Mr Lapolo also appealed to residents to embark on tea farming as the only way for poverty eradication.

“Since the cash crop is not seasonal and is weather resistant compared to cotton and tobacco, which Acholi used to as the only cash crop and is out of market,” he added.

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Paul Kilama, the assistant agricultural officer Gulu district, advised EFOTI Limited to do more research on tea variety which is more adaptable within the region since the region has never grown such crop before.

The Gulu A-DAO also asked the Foundation for a ready market before residents 9farmers) venture into massive farming and production when the markets are not in place.

Mr Edwin Atukunda Beekunda who’s the EFOTI Limited director told TND News that northern region needs such crops (tea) for poverty eradication.

Mr Atukunda added that for a factory to be established, there must be at least 2500 acres of tea to support the factory with raw materials for its day-to-day operations.

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