Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole District LC V Chairperson, says they need at least Shillings 2 billion to work on roads, extend high voltage electricity, water and other preliminary services to the area.
The operationalisation of Kabarole Agro-industrial park has been hindered by delayed funding. According to the district authorties, there is need for at least 2 billion shillings to improve on infrastructure in the area where the park will be established.
The proposed Kabarole
Agro-industrial Park has failed to take off because of the delayed release of
funds for infrastructure development.
Located in Kyembogo
village in Busoro Sub County, the park was launched by Gen Salim Saleh, the
Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation in September last year on 500
acres of land. However, no tangible work has taken place since the park was
the Kabarole District LC V Chairperson, says they need at least Shillings 2
billion to work on roads, extend high voltage electricity, water and other
preliminary services to the area.
He says they requested for the money
under the Rwenzori Development plan budget worth Shillings 700 billion but were
told they can only receive it in the next financial year.
Rwabuhinga says that as a district, they cannot do anything on the park site
until the infrastructural development has been realized so as to attract
investors who can set up factories.
He notes that although
the region is among the leading producers of cash crops like tea and food crops
like bananas and maize among others, farmers haven’t benefited because of
exporting their produce in their raw forms.
Rwabuhinga is optimistic that if the money comes and the park is
operationalized, farmers’ incomes will improve because they will be able to
export processed food stuffs and other agricultural products.
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Our reporter visited the proposed site of the park and found it surrounded with
a huge bush. The only road leading to the site is in a terrible state with
potholes, galleys and too narrow.
At the time of the launch, Christopher Businge, a researcher in the area,
stressed the need for an operational industrial park, saying that his research
for 15 years always shows that the area needs an industrial park.
He asked leaders to
ensure the park also includes a business incubation center where ideas can be
modified to make them more feasible.
In 2016, Uganda Investment Authority - UIA announced a plan to establish 22
industrial parks across the country with the aim of solving unemployment and
Some of these such as Namanve industrial park in Kampala
are already functional.