Last Updated on: 16th September 2022, 12:55 pm
“The leaders of Alur Kingdom are passionate about tea, and setting up a factory will add value to the tea sub-sector.”
Zombo – September 16, 2022: Leaders of Zombo district have agreed to give 10 acres of land for the construction of a tea factory. The leaders, in a meeting held on September 9, 2022, responded positively to a directive by President Museveni.
The President, as revealed by the State Minister for Northern Uganda Rehabilitation Grace Freedom Kwiyocwiny had directed that 10 acres of land be allocated for a tea factory.
“I have been directed by H.E the President to urgently ensure that Zombo District offers 10 acres of land for a tea factory. You will recall that the Elite Group of Investors from United Arab Emirates visited Zombo Tea growing area among six other districts in Uganda. The investors are now back in the country and would like to start construction of the factories in six districts,” Kwiyocwiny’s letter dated September 6, 2022, to Zombo leaders and stakeholders read in part.
While only 10 acres could be needed, Edwin Atukunda Beekunda, the Director of EFOTI who has been in Zombo for at least three years, reviving tea, says: “Investors needed ten but in case of need for more land, the district is ready to add more in order to support the development in the region.”
TND News understands that Elite Agro, a company based in the UAE will construct factories in Zombo and five other districts across the country.
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Tea growing was revived in Zombo almost three years ago after it was abandoned by farmers due to different reasons, among them the failure of the government to support farmers and set up a factory.
“The leaders of Alur Kingdom are passionate about tea, and setting up a factory will add value to the tea sub-sector,” Atukunda added.
As revealed by Atukunda, according to some of the Alur Kingdom cultural leaders, their King is passionate about tea [revival] and had initially offered a part of the Kingdom’s land for a tea factory.