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Lango Cooperative Union Reinstates 144 Primary Societies

The Union came to its knees when cotton growing, buying, ginning and selling were heavily affected rendering the primary societies inactive. Tonny Ogwal, the Lango Cooperative Union Vice-Chairperson says the union leaders are now on the move to revamp and strengthen the societies across the region.
Lango Cooperative Union leaders during a meeting organised to forge ways of revamping primary societies

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Lango Cooperative Union leaders have resolved to strengthen the 144 primary societies under Lango Cooperative Union Limited in the region.

Formed in 1952, Lango Cooperative Union, opened the primary societies as conduits for pobvery alleviation and promoting cotton growing. However, the primary societies became non-functional due to fluctuation of cotton prices and delays in loan repayments from microfinance institutions.

The Union came to its knees when cotton growing, buying, ginning and selling were heavily affected rendering the primary societies inactive. Tonny Ogwal, the Lango Cooperative Union Vice-Chairperson says the union leaders are now on the move to revamp and strengthen the societies across the region.

The primary societies listed for reinstatement include Alira, Aboko, Teilwa, Alido, and Aninolal all in Kwania district, as well as Opongdwongo, and Ibuje cooperative in Apac district among others.Ogwal

notes that with 2 billion Shillings funding received from government under Lango War Claimers, the union plans to promote fish farming, cassava growing and renovating a starch factory in Lira City once the primary societies are reinstated.

“In June, this year we received a sum of 2 billion Shillings compensation of war claimers, we now plan to use part of the fund to reinstate our primary societies, embrace fish farming in districts boarding lakes, among others please let’s come together,” he said.

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Cue out… so bino karacel.’//

Kwania District Commercial Officer Patrick Bura, urges the primary societies leadership to focus on accountability, transparency and good managerial skills for better service delivery. He asked the entire Lango community to embrace and join the Cooperatives in order to improve on productivity and markets of their goods.

“I want to tell Langi farmers who were heartbroken due to the collapse of Lango Cooperative Society that this is the time, the union has been revived to serve farmers, it’s a high time you joined and embraced the cooperative to alleviate poverty at grassroots,” Abura said.

 Luo//Cue in; “Amito kobi Langi…

Cue out… ni oryemo can.’//

Francis Lima, a farmer from Gwokere-Primary Society in Nambieso Sub County, Kwania district welcomed with excitement, the move to reinstate the primary store in his area. Lima blames the collapse of Lango Cooperative Union on land grabbing and selfish interest. He said the store that has been abandoned for several years, once reinstated, will ease transportation of goods to markets since farmers will be able to bulk their goods together.

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Cue out… their selfish issues.’//

Another farmer Alex Tino, a widow and a member of Aninolal Society in Inomo Sub County, Kwania district attributes the collapse of Lango Cooperative Union to greedy and corrupt leaders. Now that the union is revamping the primary societies, she wants the government to channel money direct to small societies’ accounts to prevent the same.

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Cue out… direct society waa.’//

Lango cooperation Union is among the 22 cooperatives that benefited from the 162 million Shillings compensation for the property lost during various insurgencies to operationalize its activities, according to Frederick Ngobi, the state Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives.