Prisons to Inject UGX 9 billion in Cotton Growing

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Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Services Spokesperson, says they intend to use Shillings 9 billion for the cotton infrastructural development such as stores, buying machinery, seeds and wards for the inmates who will be involved in cotton growing.

 Uganda Prison Services is to inject Shillings 9.38 Billion into cotton growing in 21 prison farms across the country in the new financial year.

 
The move is line with a directive from President Yoweri Museveni last year to Uganda Prison Services to embark on large scale cotton growing to support local industries. 



Now, Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Services Spokesperson, says they intend to use Shillings 9 billion for the cotton infrastructural development such as stores, buying machinery, seeds and wards for the inmates who will be involved in cotton growing.
 
 
Baine says Uganda Prison Services has adequate capacity to manage cotton growing.
 

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According to Baine, they are currently planting cotton in about 7 prisons, adding that each facility has between 50 and 150 acres of cotton.  He however, says they lost hundreds of acres of their cotton plantations in the last season due to limited rains.
 
Baine says with additional funding they are looking at expanding cotton growing to other facilities. 



He says they have already started preparing new fields and expect to plant more than 2000 acres of cotton in the next season, with the aim of realizing 1 million bales.



Uganda Prison Services will share the proceeds from cotton growing with government. 

 

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“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.