Gov’t Gets 760 Acres for Industrial Park

Dr. Frank Ssebowa (centre) with Joseph Kalungi, Masaka LC5 Chairman

Alebtong district local government has allocated to government more than 760 acres of land for the establishment of an industrial park. The land is located in Akura Sub County on the border of Lira district and Alebtong town council. In the 1970’s the land was used by residents as a community citrus farm.

In 2009, government announced plans to establish 22 industrial and business parks in different parts of the country. David Kenny Odongo, the Alebtong LC V chairperson says that they decided to allocate the land to government for the establishment of an industrial park to address the high unemployment rate in the district.

He also says that once the industrial park is established itwould enhance the farmers’ capacity to process and add value to their produce. Alebtong, which is found in Lango region, is known for growing rice and simsim. Odongo says that they have already written to ministry of trade, tourism and industry and Uganda Investment Authority informing them about the decision.

Sujit Singh, the proprietor of Guru-Nanak Oil Mill and an Agri- input dealer has welcomed the decision by the district to allocate land to government for the establishment of an industrial park. He says once the park is established it will save investors time and money to start their operations. In February this year, Godfrey Ssemakula, the Deputy Director in charge of Land Development at Uganda Investment Authority disclosed that they had managed to acquire land in Soroti, Moroto, Kabarole, Mbale, Jinja and Kasese districts. He said they had embarked on the process to demarcate and development the necessary infrastructure

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