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Kyeyune, who was in an emergency meeting with the production department, was shocked after hearing that there is no single success story of citrus farming in Kapelebyong.
Citrus Seedlings supplied by Emudo Jerry Co. Ltd in Kapelebyong.

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Kapelebyong Resident District Commissioner, Kyeyune Ssenyonjo has stopped the supply of citrus seedlings to the district. His directive stems from the poor performance of citrus in the district.  

Kyeyune, who was in an emergency meeting with the production department, was shocked after hearing that there is no single success story of citrus farming in Kapelebyong. “We cannot continue spending resources on enterprises that don’t benefit our communities. This must stop immediately”, he said in the meeting.  

  Last week, Emudo Jerry Co. Ltd supplied over 20,000 citrus seedlings to the district through Operation Wealth Creation. Each sub county was expected to receive 5,000 trees seedlings for planting this season. However, the District Information Officer, Emmanuel Opio, says the district local government did not request the citrus seedlings since the area is in a cattle corridor.

  “Instead, the majority of the farmers requested the government to supply other Agricultural inputs such as cattle, groundnuts and cassava stems among others”, he said. Francis Akorikin, the Kapelebyong District Chairperson- elect welcomes the decision by the RDC.

  He notes that OWC has been pushing inputs to the community without any consultation, adding that in most cases, inputs are supplied before preparing farmers on how to manage them.

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During the budget conference last year, Richard Alioka, a farmer in Acowa Sub County revealed that citrus farming had become very expensive to manage amidst challenges of low demand.

    Alioka, who started orange farming in 2012 with five acres, noted that the management of orange trees was costlier than the output. He revealed that he was spending more than two million Shillings on the maintenance of orange trees yet the output was very small.

William Ejiet, the Kapelebyong District Production and Marketing Officer acknowledges the challenges in citrus farming, adding that they are now promoting the production of cassava, fish farming, apiculture, livestock and groundnuts growing with value addition.

Citrus production challenges emerged after the establishment of Soroti Fruit Factory. Although the factory has also had challenges in managing huge volumes of oranges in Teso, there are plans to expand its capacity.