Prisons to Develop Orom Tikao Cotton Farm

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Orom Tikao Prison Farm in Kitgum District is set to become the biggest cotton farm in the country.

Orom Tikao Prison Farm in Kitgum District is set to become the biggest cotton farm in the country.
The Commissioner General of Uganda Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija disclosed this while touring Orom Tikao Prison Farm in Orom Sub County on Tuesday.
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In the last season, Prison authorities planted about 100 acres of cotton. Byabashaija was amazed by the cotton plant, which are about three meters high. Orom Tikao Prison Farm seats in 2500 acres of land, which was donated by the community.

Abraham Aturu, the Orom Sub county LC V council tasked the Prison authorities to start surveying the land to avoid wrangles in the future.

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Speaking at the same event, Allan Okello, the Northern Region Prison's Commander cited staff shortage and labour force as the biggest challenge to the farm. He believes the establishment of a fully-fledged Prison facility at the farm will resolve the challenges.

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Mark Ogwang the Officer in-charge of the farm notes that the plantation is performing at a minimal due to the terrain and its location. The farm is covered by several trees that make the planting difficult. 

 "We would have planted much more than 50 acres of cotton but our biggest hindrance has been the thick bushes and trees that cover the farm land. Once we can maneuver past the thicket, we shall have much more cotton than all the prisoners in Kitgum can manage to work on," he said.


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