You don’t need to have 1,500 acres to run a tea factory – expert


Mr Atukunda (R) with his visitors on Tuesday morning.

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Range of agricultural issues were discussed and government’s immediate plan to fulfil its promises to the people of West Nile.

Zombo—22, September 2020: Government’s plan to establish a tea factory in Zombo district may take a little longer. The delay is causing fury among tea experts in the sub-region (West Nile).

This is because there are plenty of green leaves which are getting wasted because there is no factory or a buyer to buy green leaves.

This publication is however aware of the government’s plan to first establish a tea withering facility in the district that will serve the entire tea farming families in northern Uganda.

According to Mr Edwin Atukunda Beekunda, the founder and director of Edwin Foundation Tea Initiative (EFOTI), a company with a primary speciality in tea farming, there is no need to have many acreages before getting a factory.

“First of all, many people think that you need to have 1,500 acres in order to run a factory, but it’s not true. You may need to learn how you can effectively manage small acreage that can produce enough tea than having many acres unmanaged,” Mr Atukunda said.

“To me, the government should think of how they can work with a local private company that would focus on how to improve production, productivity, value addition, marketing of existing tea,” he added.

According to Mr Atukunda, just like they (government) did in Amuru (Atiak Sugar Factory), they should do the same for Zombo tea farmers.

With over 30 years in tea project, he added that a lot should be done “if we are to prepare the tea factory”.

On Tuesday morning, officials from NAADS and Operation Wealth Creation Secretariats visited EFOTI management in Zombo district.

Range of agricultural issues were discussed and government’s immediate plan to fulfil its promises to the people of West Nile.

The officials included Ali Lule from ZADO, Julius Mugisa (NAADS/OWC), Brig Gen. Geoffrey Kigozi who’s the Head of OWC at NAADS, Maj Manasi Biwinjire, the OWC Coordinator Paidha.


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