However, to date, there is no single activity taking place in the area. While explaining the delay, the Kabarole district Assistant Chief Administrative Officer – ACAO, Michael Kisembo, said that the district lacks a master plan.
The construction of Kabarole district
agro-industrial Park is behind schedule.
In September 2018, Gen Salim Saleh, the Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth
Creation – OWC, launched the 500 acres of land in Kyembogo village in Busoro
Sub County where the park will be constructed.
However, to date, there is no single activity taking place in the area. The Kabarole district Assistant Chief
Administrative Officer – ACAO, Michael Kisembo, said that the district lacks a master
Kisembo says that they were promised a consultant to handle the plan, who has
since failed show up.
//Cue in: “The master plan…
Cue out… a master plan.”//
Khadija Nakakande, the Communications Officer NAADS Secretariat, says that the
delay to put in place the plan is a result of a land dispute involving Kabarole
district local government, Mountains of the Moon University – MMU, and National
Agricultural Research Organization – NARO.
The Kabarole Agro-industrial Park is primarily meant to help add value to the
agricultural produce in the district and surrounding areas.
At the time of its launch, Gen Saleh observed that many farmers in the district
are not benefiting from their sweat because they sell low-value produce.
Robert Mwesige, a banana grower from Rweihamba village in Ruteete Sub County,
who normally brings his produce to Fort Portal town for sale, agrees with
Saleh. He says that banana prices are the most unstable and during bumper
harvest, a big bunch can even go for as low as 4,000 shillings.
He says that there is a need to develop the industrial park so that they can
start processing bananas to make juice and wine which are more profitable.
In 2016, the Uganda Investment Authority - UIA announced a plan to establish 22
industrial parks across the country to solve unemployment and boost
investments. Some of these such as Namanve industrial park in Kampala are