Businessmen Target Small Scale Industries as Lamwo Gets Power

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Businessmen in Lamwo are considering setting up small scale industries after getting connected to the national power grid. On Friday last week, UMEME commissioned a new power line to Lamwo district. James Okema, a rice farmer from Agoro sub-county welcomes the extension of the power line to Lamwo district. Okema says that he is considering mobilizing his friends to set up a rice mill to help the farmers in the area. He says Agoro being the largest rice producing sub-county in northern Uganda deserves a rice mill to help farmers process their rice. He says that for a long time farmers from Lamwo have been suffering from exploitation from middlemen in Lira and Gulu. He however wants the power extended to Agoro sub-county so that the residents can benefit from it. Moses Ocama, a businessman in Atwol trading centre is planning to bring better machines to improve his carpentry workshop. Ocama says that he has been using the generator to run his workshop which is costly and inefficient. He says with the introduction of power, he expects the costs to go down and improve the quality of his work. Hillary Onek, the minister of Energy and Mineral development says that the extension of the power line to Lamwo is a positive indicator of development. Onek says Lamwo district has vast natural resources that include gold, lime and abundant potential tourist sites. He has challenges the local residents to re-orient them and exploit the power to improve their income generation. //Cue in: "Lamwo district which one of the..." Cue out: "...development of those natural resources//. Kevin Kabera, the Northern Uganda UMEME manager says that they will soon connecting power to residential homes.


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