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Prisons to Inject UGX 9 billion in Cotton Growing

Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Services Spokesperson, says they intend to use Shillings 9 billion for the cotton infrastructural development such as stores, buying machinery, seeds and wards for the inmates who will be involved in cotton growing.

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 Uganda Prison Services is to inject Shillings 9.38 Billion into cotton growing in 21 prison farms across the country in the new financial year.

 

The move is line with a directive from President Yoweri Museveni last year to Uganda Prison Services to embark on large scale cotton growing to support local industries. 

Now, Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Services Spokesperson, says they intend to use Shillings 9 billion for the cotton infrastructural development such as stores, buying machinery, seeds and wards for the inmates who will be involved in cotton growing.

 

 

Baine says Uganda Prison Services has adequate capacity to manage cotton growing.

 

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According to Baine, they are currently planting cotton in about 7 prisons, adding that each facility has between 50 and 150 acres of cotton.  He however, says they lost hundreds of acres of their cotton plantations in the last season due to limited rains.

 

Baine says with additional funding they are looking at expanding cotton growing to other facilities. 

He says they have already started preparing new fields and expect to plant more than 2000 acres of cotton in the next season, with the aim of realizing 1 million bales.

Uganda Prison Services will share the proceeds from cotton growing with government. 

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