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Kyenjojo: Gov’t Injects Shs400m In Tea Growing

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information pills sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Patrick Muhenda Agaba, ed the NAADS Coordinator Kyenjojo, said the district has taken to tea and coffee production as the major enterprises for people to participate in and achieve prosperity.


“We got the Shs 400m support from the NAADS secretariat in March 2014 to purchase plants that grows quickly. We are encouraging our farmers to plant tea and increase on their household income,” Muhenda said.


Mr. Muhenda said 10 sub counties and town councils had benefited including; Kyenjojo town council, Butunduzi, Bufunjo, Katooke, Kigarale and Nyankwanzi and the sub counties such as Bugaki, Kyarusozi, Nyantungo, Kihura, Nyabuharwa sub county.


“Our farmers were well selected and prepared for tea production. These sub counties favour the growing of both coffee and tea. We shall continue to distribute farmers with tea seedlings, monitor and supervise them to ensure the crop grows well.”


Mr. Muhenda said the district embarked on the implementation of tea enterprise in 2008/9 on their own in Public Procurement Partnership with 16 nursery beds at Mpanga Tea Estate.


“Kyenjojo is now a model district in tea enterprise. Districts like Kabarole, Kanungu, Bushenyi, Rukungiri and Northern districts come and learn from us.”


Semu Ssekyanzi, the district Production and Marketing officer, disclosed that President Yoweri Museveni pledged 7 million tea seedlings to the farmers through NAADS and Luwero-Rwenzori War Veterans Programme.


“We have already given out 3 million tea seedlings while 1.6 million coffee seedlings were given out last year,” he said.


Ssekyanzi encouraged farmers to embrace the growing of tea and coffee alongside dairy production so as to fight poverty, increase their income and livelihood.


He, however, challenged NGOs, sub county leaders, politicians to monitor and supervise the programme.

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