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Napak Farmers in Tears as Company Fails to Pay them UGX 100million

One of the farmers called John Lokol URN that the management of Koge Company Limited, based in Soroti, convinced farmers in the area to give them their produce to add value on it but since then the company has failed to pay them their money.
04 Jun 2021 18:23


Farmers in Arengepur village in Apeitolim sub county in Napak district are crying helplessly after loosing their produce worthy shs 100million.

One of the farmers called John Lokol URN that the management of Koge Company Limited, based in Soroti, convinced farmers in the area to give them their produce to add value on it but since then the company has failed to pay them their money.

He said a total of 200 farmers gave their fresh food to Koge company with the hopes of at least getting something reasonable from the food but since then no body has been paid.

Sarah Akello another farmer said their several attempts to have a meeting with the company proprietor Mr. Fred  Okiru have failed since the director has kept on avoiding them.

"These people came with the idea of adding value to our produce like maize by grinding it and pack it as posho, so they took 1,500 bags of maize, sim sim from us in March this year but up to now the food has been sold and the company has refused to pay us,"She said.

Simon Okotel the LCV councilor for Apeitolim sub county in Napak district said the farmers have been robbed of their food.

"I have tried to follow up this issue, I even went to the company headquarters in Moroto but the director chased me out of the office," he said.

Okotel has appealed the government to come to the rescue of the farmers who are owed 100million shillings which the company has adamantly refused to pay them.

According to  Okotel the farmers have even failed to get money for opening their land adding that all the food that they expected to earn from for buying seedlings and opening up more land was taken by Koge company.

Fred Okiru, director of Koge company, when contacted acknowledge collecting food from the farmers in Napak but appealed the farmers to be patient.

"We shall pay them, the only problem is that our farmers want things in a quick way and that's not how the company works,"he said.

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