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In 2018, President Yoweri Museveni directed the Uganda Development Cooperation (UDC), facilitated by the Ministry of Agriculture, to establish a fruit factory in Lolyango Village under the name Delight Uganda Limited.
The government has cited poor
road networks and the absence of electricity as the primary reasons behind the
delayed establishment of a fruit factory in Lolyango Village, Lungulu Sub
County, Nwoya District.
In 2018, President Yoweri Museveni directed the Uganda
Development Cooperation (UDC), facilitated by the Ministry of Agriculture, to
establish a fruit factory in Lolyango Village under the name Delight Uganda
Limited. The President's vision was to
ensure that the substantial volume of fruits grown by local farmers in the
district would not go to waste.
Following this directive, the government
supplied locals in the area with seedlings to sustain fruit production for the
factory once its construction was completed. However, nearly five years
later, the project has not commenced, leaving over 10,000 farmers burdened with
numerous fruit trees and facing losses in maintenance.
During an interview with
our reporter, State Minister for Agriculture Fred Bwino explained that the
Uganda Development Cooperation (UDC) had conducted a feasibility study of the
area. The study recommended that the factory could only be economically viable
if road linkages were established with surrounding areas.
Minister Bwino emphasized that
the government remains committed to establishing the factory but stressed the
importance of addressing the road network issues and electricity challenges in
the area first.
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Dr. Julian Adyeri Omalla, the
Executive Director of Delight Uganda Limited, where the factory is intended to
be established, expressed the financial losses incurred due to the delay. She
estimated seasonal losses of approximately 850 million shillings in managing
her vast 17,000 acres of guava, mango, and jackfruit farms, all set up in
anticipation of the factory.
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Vincent Langole, the advisor
to the board of fruit growers in Nwoya District, emphasized that the absence of
the factory and a ready market had turned fruits into a liability for farmers.
Langole, who manages 20 acres of fruit gardens, reported annual losses of 30 to
40 million shillings in maintaining his orchards. In extreme cases, he has been
forced to collect and bury ripe fruits.
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Emmanuel Orach, the Nwoya
District chairperson, revealed that the road connecting the proposed factory
site to the community has now been opened, underscoring the urgency of
expediting the factory's establishment. The construction of the factory requires
a minimum of 17 billion Shillings.