Amuru Leaders Demand Verification of Atiak Sugar Project Beneficiaries
Amuru District leaders are demanding for an expedited verification of Atiak Sugar Project beneficiaries.
The sugar industry is a subsidiary company of Horyal Investment Holdings Company Limited and co-owned by the Government of Uganda.
It was founded in 2016 to work with over 4,000 farmers under Gem Pachilo and Atiak out Growers Cooperative Societies.
The sugar project targets to benefit 1,946 members of Atiak Sugar Plantation Out-growers’ Society Ltd and 2,500 members for Gem Pachilo Farmers’ Cooperative Society in Amuru, Gulu, Lamwo and Adjumani districts.
Michael Lakony, the Amuru LCV Chairperson disclosed that the project beneficiaries that have been registered have not yet been verified, a situation that is creating doubts about the viability of the factory among grass root people.
Santa Jolly Laker, the Chairperson of Atiak Sugar Plantation Out-growers’ Society Ltd the validation of the farmers were delayed by the National Agriculture Advisory Services (NAADS) because they have not been communicating with them.
Dr Samuel Mugasi, the NAADS Executive Director, the verification of out growers delayed after the respective cooperative societies never submitted the list of their members in time.