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APG Gives Gov’t 14 Days To Pay Atiak Sugar Factory Out Growers

MPs during press conference at NUMEC

3,200 casual laborers deployed to open up sugarcane plantations under Atiak sugar factory in Atiak sub county in Amuru district have run to parliament for help over nonpayment for services rendered for the past three years, totaling to 64 billion shillings.

The group, most of them former abductees of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army-LRA, say they were contracted in 2016 to open up gardens and plant sugarcane for supply to Atiak sugar factory and each is promised to be paid shillings 5 million for each acre of cane annually.

They were contracted by Atiak Sugarcane Out growers Cooperative Society and National Agricultural Advisory Services, NAADS.
According to the agreement, each male labourer was tasked to plant three acres of sugarcane annually while the female labourers were required to plant four acres.

But the group disclose that none of their members has received payment for the services rendered since 2016. Each is demanding 60 million shillings.

On Monday the Acholi Parliamentary group (APG) gave government 14 days to pay the group or they go to court.

When contacted, Hamilton Jackson Ogwang, the NAADS Regional Coordinator admitted not paying some members, adding that their payments are being processed.

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