Hope fades as Soroti Fruit Factory fails to meet farmer expectations

Production. Soroti Fruit Factory crushes about 50 metric tonnes of fruits per day. PHOTOS SIMON PETER EMWAMU

What you need to know:

  • The joy of farmers, who had anticipated to reap from the sale of their produce, has since died out due to lack of market for the fruits.
  • Mr Wilson Emuge, an orange farmer in Agule, Pallisa District, told Daily Monitor in a telephone interview yesterday that the challenge is funding.
  • Mr Jorem Opian Obicho, the chairperson of Teso Tropical Fruit Cooperative Union (TEFCU), said the oranges being grown that the factory is processing include Hamelin, Washington, and Valencia including improved mangoes.

Excitement spread across Teso Sub-region following news that President Museveni was due to launch the now controversial Soroti Fruit Factory.
The factory was launched in April 2019 to tap into the abundant citrus fruits for commercial production of oranges and mangoes.
The joy of farmers, who had anticipated to reap from the sale of their produce, has since died out due to lack of market for the fruits.
Mr Moses Okello, a farmer based in Dokolo Parish, Gweri Sub-county, Soroti District with 900 trees of oranges, says he sold off his fruits at Shs20,000 per bag, which he says is too little.

Welcome!

You're all set to enjoy unlimited Prime content.