Pela commodities has already started laying its machinery in the area near Soroti Fruit Factory. It is expected to handle 18 types of cereals and be able to sort, clean and dry 36 metric tonnes of cereals per hour, according to Isaiah Langa, one of the directors of Pela Commodities Limited. He adds that the plant will easily process over 600 metric tonnes of cereals in less than 24 hours.
Richard Alioka, a farmer in Acowa Sub County says citrus farming has become very expensive to manage amidst challenges of low demand. Alioka says that he started orange farming in 2012 with five acres but notes that the management of orange trees is now costly than the output.
63-year-old Paul Opio cut down his orchard in Opucet Village, which has been earning him at least Shillings 10 million annually after realizing huge losses. Opio started planting oranges in 2009 and has since diversified to other crops like water melons, tomatoes and bananas among others.
On Wednesday, a group of leaders drawn from different parts of Teso were shocked to learn in a meeting chaired by the Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Minister, Vincent Sempijja that the factory lacks the capacity to process all the citrus fruits produced by farmers.