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1,000 Workers Recruited to Avert Fire Outbreaks in Atiak Sugar Plantations

Dan Kidega, the Chairman Board Atiak Sugar Plantation told URN on Thursday that the recruitment targets 1,000 causal workers across all the districts in Northern Uganda and that the exercise shall be conducted within five days starting on December 31st in a bid to save the remaining plantation.
Remains of the sugar cane burnt down.

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The proprietors of Atiak Sugar Plantation have recruited casual labourers to save the remaining sugar cane from the rampant fire outbreaks

They revealed that the 1,000 labourers being recruited shall be tasked to cut down the remaining sugar cane so that they are processed into sugar since the continuous fire outbreak is causing a very big loss.

Dan Kidega, the Chairman Board Atiak Sugar Plantation says that that the recruitment targets causal workers across all the districts in Northern Uganda and that the exercise shall be conducted within five days in a bid to save the remaining plantation.

He said once the urgent recruitment is done, the labourers will start work immediately.

However, he further explained the company will begin holding dialogue with the community on the benefits of the plantation as well as further recruitment of vigilantes to control fire outbreak in the future.   

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Public Relations Officer says that the firefighters with the help of the three police fire trucks in the region are overwhelmed with the fire that has so far burnt 60 percent of the sugar plantation.

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He, however, blamed that incident on the management of the plantation whom he says have failed to follow the recommendation given by the police in a bid to combat a similar incident from happening in the future. 

The recommendations included opening up fire lines in between the plantation blocks and building a watchtower, among others.

Okema further explained that police are yet to establish the cause of the fire.