ADJUMANI. Famers in Adjumani district have received three new tractors under operation wealth creation (OWC) program.
While handing over the tractors to the farmers on Thursday, Brig Mark Kodili, the OWC regional coordinator for Madi sub region revealed that the region which comprises of Adjumani, Moyo and Obongi districts got in total seven tractors.
He said of the seven, three were allocated to Adjumani, two for Moyo and the other two for Obongi district.
“The ultimate target of OWC is to eradicate poverty and now that the tractors have arrived, I encourage you to engage in serious farming. At least start with one acre,” Kodili said.
He encouraged farmers to be in groups so as to get more tractors from the government.
“You emulate the farmers in Nwoya district, right now they are in groups doing commercial farming and as a result, they have over 200 tractors,” Kodili appealed.
The Adjumani women entrepreneur’s association which is part of the Atiak sugar cane out growers’ cooperative society under Amuru district was also given one of the tractors.
The women have been offered the opportunity to plant up to 800 hectors of sugar cane which will be supplied to the sugar factory in Amuru district.
While receiving the tractor during the Tarehe Sita celebrations, the women reported that they have already done bush clearing for over 200 acres.
“I am grateful that we have received the support, the struggle to eradicate poverty will have to continue now”, Ms Mamawi Ujeo, one of the group members said.
Ujeo said the 180 women in the association are already receiving support from Horial investment limited. Horial is one of the companies that has established a multimillion sugar factory in Amuru district along Atiak Elegu boarder high way.
Mr James Leku Pili, the Adjumani district chairman promised that through the office of the Prime Minister (OPM), additional 10 modern tractors with bush clearing equipment will be coming to boost the capacity of the farmers in the district.