June 17, 2014

Kigezi Cooperative Union To be Restored

Kabale farmers have taken to growing pyrethrum lately.
Kabale farmers have taken to growing pyrethrum lately.

Former members of the defunct Kigezi Cooperative Union in Kabale district have resolved to revive the union. On Friday last week, the interim board of Kigezi Cooperative Union chaired by Charles Karuma unanimously resolved to revive the union with the aim of promoting agriculture production and help farmers sell their produce.

The other interim board members are Bernard Twenda, Vice chairperson, Loius Tumwesigye, treasurer, Kenneth Buhinyira and Ivan Nikweri, both members. During the meeting, Karuma said they would start operating at the market lockup as they process a loan of 150 million shillings to construct their union headquarters.

They resolved to convene an annual general meeting on November 28th 2014 to encourage members to join their efforts to revive the union. Robert Kamugisha, the Kabale district Assistant Commercial Officer said government had taken a lead through the Ministry of Trade and industry and Co-operatives to revive cooperatives.

He revealed that government has set aside US $ 10,000 for each of the 25 pilot districts across the country over the next three years under the District Commercial Services and Support Project-DISCOSS. Kigezi Cooperative Union is one of the unions across the country that suffered a setback after the closure of Cooperative bank.

Irish potatoes harvested from seed distributed to farmers in Nyamabale, Kabale District
Irish potatoes harvested from seed distributed to farmers in Nyamabale, Kabale District

 

 

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