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Construction of UGX 400M Marketing Hub Starts in Pader

The project worth 400 Million Shillings funded by the European Union and Ugandan Government through National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) is being established in Acut Omer South village in Acholibur sub-county.
13 Jul 2021 15:26
Site for the Marketing hub under construction in Acholibur Subcounty in Pader District.
The construction of a marketing hub has kicked off in Pader District.

The project worth 400 Million Shillings funded by the European Union and Ugandan Government through National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) is being established in Acut Omer South village in Acholibur sub-county. Its construction is being undertaken by Tradint Limited. 

Alfred Obaloker, the Pader District Commercial Officer says that the project aims at uplifting the agricultural sector in East Acholi.

He says the project site located along the Gulu-Kitgum highway was selected to offer a suitable environment for agricultural innovation due to the existence of already established farmers’ cooperative groups.

Obaloker notes that the marketing hub will serve both the districts of Kitgum and Pader while offering innovative agricultural inputs, research work on agriculture, and provide market linkages for farmers outputs.

“This marketing hub will be a game changer for the farmers in Pader and Kitgum districts. The purpose of the project is for agricultural inputs and research work on agricultural activities,” He said.

John Bosco Oryema, the Acholibur Sub-County Chairperson has welcomed the establishment of the marketing hub. Oryema says many farmers in his area are eager to support the project and in turn benefit from the agricultural innovation.

“We have so many organized farmers who are already asking me what they can offer, and how they will benefit from the project. We believe this will boost agricultural productivity and create more markets for farmer's produce,” says Oryema.

Alex Oyet, a farmer in Acut Omer North Village says many farmers like him have for long been facing challenges of accessing markets for their farm products, leaving them in losses.

Oyet says with the establishment of such a marketing hub, he is optimistic that he will be lucky to get linked to markers outside the district where he can sell his farm produce in bulk.

The Acholibur project is one of the many hubs being established under the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda-DINU funded by the European Union.

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