Government Rolls Out Monetary Incentive for Cotton Farmers

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Government plans to roll out a 13.5 billion shilling incentive program for cotton farmers. Under the program, each cotton farmer will be given an additional 150 shillings per kilogram of cotton supplied to the ginners. This intervention is intended to help farmers sustain their output following the sharp decline in the price of cotton on the world market. Hillary Onek, the Minister of Agriculture, told journalists in Kampala that the indicative cotton price to the farmer stands at 600 shillings per kilogram and 650 shillings if delivered to the ginnery. Government had originally set the gate farm price for cotton at 800 shillings per kilogram of seed cotton but the ginners stuck to 450 shillings sparking off a row between the cotton farmers and the ginneries. Last week, Cotton farmers in Kitgum threatened to burn their cotton produce if government failed to review the price of cotton. Jolly Sabune, the managing director of Coffee Development Organization, is optimistic that the monetary incentive will boost the farmers. //Cue in: iThe farmer will get# Cue: #13.5 billion.i//


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