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Kayonza tea factory receives sh7b boost from Uganda Government

Friday, 2nd September, 2011

UGANDA - Kayonza Growers Tea Factory in Kanungu will get $2.5m (over sh7b) support from the Government to capitalise the company.

The funding was promised by President Yoweri Museveni when he visited the district in 2008 during the NAADS promotion tour.

Tea farmers under Kayonza will also get six million plantlets to increase tea acreage and output.
Other farmers in the district will get 30 million plantlets.

The plantlets will be supplied by the agriculture ministry, according to Caleb Kipande, the farmers’ chairman.

The money is part of the Government’s support to farmers.
He said the money would be used to buy new equipment to ensure that the factory operates according to international standards.

Kipande also noted that the majority of the farmers were willing to expand their farm acreage to tap into the increased green tea farm-gate prices. The company increased green tea prices from sh300 to sh370 per kilogramme recently.

"We have already induced the farmers by increasing the green leaf prices. Many of them have since applied for the seedlings," Kipande said.

Last year, Kayonza Growers Tea Factory received the ISO standards certicifate from the National Bureau of Standards.

Meanwhile, the Kanungu district LC5 chairperson, Josephine Kasya, has challenged farmers to increase production to meet the demand of the three tea processing factories.
"Each homestead in the tea-growing areas must grow at least an acre of tea to boost household income and meet their basic necessities," Kasya said.

David Manzi, a resident on Kalangara in Kayonza sub-county, said after increasing his farm acreage, he was assured of daily income from the green leaf sales since he could harvest about 100kg daily.

By PATSON BARAIRE: The New Vision Newspaper

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Dec 16, 2013
farmers achieve
by: nahurrira johnan same factory casual worker.

i thank greatly the one who gave out the amount becouse it is helping most tea farmers,even the illiterate are now getting what seems to be a monthly earning after increasing their tea "shambas".

Oct 18, 2013
by: Tugumenawe Henry

Dear Noah, confirm well if the funds given to Kayonza was used correctly and let me know then I will give areal comment.

Oct 18, 2013
by: Abelkoresi

We are great to have this chance but remember we are using the little piece of land where we could get food but all the same we are happy.Lord have mercy

May 21, 2012
Former Former Factory Electrian Kayonza
by: Tugumenawe henry

This is the biggest chance for the tea growers and for those who wish to grow tea,i mean people of kanungu district or other neighbours who supply green leaf to factory.Since the Factory is for all People of the district i suggest to every one to join hands and utilize this golden chance for future developments so thatour offsprings can enjoy and remember what the government did if told the story of this offer.

Apr 15, 2012
advantages of expanding tea estates.
by: Twongyeirwe ezra tea maker kayonza

I would like to put this in the minds of all the stake holders that if tea estates are expanded ,automatically the income of the people also shoots. It only needs some bit of calculations of what ever some one is doing .

Jan 15, 2012
by: Anonymous

It greatful that the Uganda government has felt concern in the agriculture sector,by practicaly promoting the small scale industry,This has been trough providing farmers with tea seedlings as a measure to cub poverty.It herefore brings my attention to non performers,who think the outcome is to engage there minds in growing tea and employ there offsprings to man these shambas.This particuraly is reflected in areas of Kayonza sub-county, Kanungu District.The Government strives to do this as a measure to increase homestead income there by increasing GDP.Increasing homestead income reflects a condussive environment for the basic needs requirement which must be addresed to the community.One of the basic needs people should put in there minds is EDUCATION.Can the other part of the country critically observe this change particurally in Kayonza?

Dec 17, 2011
Increasing TeaFarm Acreage
by: Philemon Tumwebaze

As much as this is a very good development in our area, my worry in that it is going to leave us with serious famine as many people have used the small plots of land they used to grow food crops now to increase Tea production.If the trend continues like this then we shall have a serious problem especially in Mpungu Sub county.

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