EFOTI distributes 50,000 free tea seedlings to farmers in Northern Uganda


EFOTI director Edwin Atukunda (L) plants tea with a friend recently.

By the end of 2025, EFOTI predicts Northern Uganda will be the region’s tea hub with modern factory for tea.

Gulu – 25, June 2021: Agriculture is one key sector government is committed to protecting as Covid-19 continues to affect other sectors critical in stabilizing the economy.

During his many speeches (addresses on Covid-19 situation) in the country since March 18, 2020 to date in which he closed other sectors, President Museveni has asked Ugandans to continue farming.

Farmers are key essential workers in the country, even when lockdown and restriction on movement has affected them a lot during the recent announcement to lock the country for 42 days.

In Northern Uganda, like elsewhere, farmers are trying to go to their gardens amidst unexpected “dry spell” which has made soil hard to dig. They are also so vulnerable, all “thanks” to Covid-19 restrictions.

Speaking to TND News on Friday, Edwin Atukunda Beekunda, the Director of EFOTI, says they are supporting tea farmers during this hard time.

He says over 50,000 free tea seedlings are given out by EFOTI across different districts in Northern Uganda. “We are targeting 1,000 acres and each acre takes 500 seedlings,” he says.

“We are supplying till late August since rain may stop around November 2021,” Atukunda adds.

He has been to Adjumani and Nwoya districts this week, where he has distributed hundreds to tea seedlings.

Tea farmers/stakeholders in Adjumani district with EFOTI team recently.

By the end of 2025, EFOTI predicts Northern Uganda will be the region’s tea hub with modern factory for tea.

“What we are doing today, or now is to protect the future of our people, increase their household incomes and to support the economy. We can not do this alone, we need everybody,” he says.

Geoffrey Osborn Oceng, Amuru RDC (R) with Edwin Atukunda Beekunda in his office.

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