By George Buatre

Leaders in West Nile have tasked Italian non-governmental organisation ACAV to expedite the process of establishing a multi-billion fruit production factory in the region.

While updating the actors on this project during WENDA second quarter meeting in Paidha town council in Zombo district, the senior programs officer world food program Isaac Amule, reechoed the specific objectives of this program for the west Nile leaders to easily ascertain the level of its progress.

He says the overall objective of this program is to improve farm income of small holder farmers in the west Nile sub region.

And a specific objective is to ensure that they promote dissemination of improved variety of mangoes.

In reaction to the update, the sub county chairperson of Moyo David Buni said that when you look at the performance, women are doing better than the men.

Some of the actors decried the low pace of upgrading the people of west Nile by partners despite their efforts to bringing several projects.

Retired colonel Nelson Obiale said that mangoes normally produce twice a year but others just produce once a year and so he doesn’t know which variety is economically best for the region.

The chairperson of Midigo Sub County in Yumbe district says that there is need to look for ways of strengthening small scale production.

Deputy vice chancellor of Muni University Simon Anguma says the university can address some of these challenges through some of its mandates.

He adds that they have a mandate of doing research which can help a great deal. The project that has targeted 1,500 beneficiaries with 70 percent males and 30 percent females is a three year project funded by an autonomous province of COYINDA at a cost of 27 billion Ugandan shillings. END.