Government through NAADS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two sugarcane out-growers cooperatives and four District Local Governments in Acholi Sub Region with the aim of boosting sugar cane production in preparation of Atiak sugar factory that is expected to begin operations early next year. Party to the MOU is Horyal Investment Holdings Ltd, a private company that is constructing Ataik Sugar Factory.
The MOU which was signed on Monday 6th October 2019 at the NAADS Secretariat establishes a framework of principles and procedures that will facilitate, guide and enhance a collaborative approach among parties and stakeholders for supporting the production of sugar cane among the out-growers in the participating District Local Governments covering a total of 13,841 acres.
This MOU is part of the implementation of the Government supported sugar cane project intervention to empower and uplift the local community recovering from the effects of war in Northern Uganda especially the most vulnerable groups notably the women who are participating in the sugar cane out-growers scheme to have a source of livelihood through sugar cane growing.
At the national level, the intervention by Government is of strategic importance as it contributes to boosting sugarcane output for increased sugar production for both the domestic and export markets.
The project intervention initially targets four (4) Districts of Amuru, Gulu, Lamwo, and Adjumani. The target acreage of 13,841 acres for the production of sugar cane under the project will be located in the participating districts as follows; Amuru 10,841 acres; Gulu 1,200 acres; Adjumani 800 acres; Lamwo 1000 acres. The project is set to benefit 1,344 members of Atiak Sugar plantation out-growers society Ltd and 1,800 members for Gem Pacilo farmers’ cooperative society.
The four participating District Local Governments are expected to play a crucial role in providing support and guidance towards the implementation of the project intervention including mobilization of resources and farmers for participating in the sugar cane out-growers scheme.