Gulu – 17, July 2021: “Today, it was all about training potential tea farmers in Adjumani. It was all about effective tea husbandry and tea estate management for small and medium gardens [farmers],” Edwin Atukunda Beekunda, the EFOTI director says.
EFOTI has established a number of tea nursery beds in Northern Uganda. “One at Karuma, Kiryandongo district is so interesting,” Edwin added.
“This is the only way to go otherwise if we wait for the Whites [Europeans] to develop Uganda we have a long way to go. I hope once the government appreciates what we are doing then we shall be able to perform better.”
According to him, EFOTI and stakeholders have decided to “setup a mobile tea training institution”.
This idea started from Kamwenge; now in Gulu, Zombo, Nebbi, Nwoya and Adjumani districts.
“We have trained youth all over, online not forgetting setting up demonstration nurseries and mother gardens in all those places.”
Last week, Nwoya district leaders officially launched commercial tea farming in the district. The project is to cover four sub counties boarding Murchison National Game Park, according to Emmanuel Orach, the district LC5 chairperson.
He, and Secretary for Community Based Services, pledged total support to farmers and EFOTI.