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Gov't Asked To invest More In Cotton Value Chain To Open Up Employment Opportunities

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Jolly K Sabune, the Director of Cotton Development Organization-CDO says the opportunities in the cotton value chain that include production of fertilizers, soap and edible oil are not fully exploited because many people do not have the resources to invest in the business.
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Government should invest more resources into the cotton value chain to open up employment opportunities for young people.

Jolly K Sabune, the Director of Cotton Development Organization-CDO says the opportunities in the cotton value chain that include production of fertilizers, soap and edible oil are not fully exploited because many people do not have the resources to invest in the business.    

She says cotton production inputs like fertilizers, pesticides, and spray pumps are expensive making it imperative for the government to support low income holders to tap into other opportunities within the sector.  

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Sabune says that under the NDP III, CDO has presented its views on the need to invest more resources at the production level.

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  Dr. Sadik Kassim, the Deputy Director-General in charge of Agricultural Technology Promotion in NARO secretariat, says cotton value chain is not fully utilized mainly because people do not have resources including land and knowledge.   

He also shows concern over the weak farmer groups due to the seasonality of the product, which has undermined the continuity of the services the groups deliver.       

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Lillian Kiiza, a field extension officer for Western Uganda Cotton Company-WUCC Limited, says once government offers support to farmers many more people will embrace the sector.

Cotton is Uganda’s third largest export crop after coffee and tea becoming the main source of income for some 250,000 households. Presently, with 40 ginneries, Uganda has a total installed seasonal ginning capacity of around one million bales of lint (200,000 tons).

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