On Friday, government launched Uganda Prisons Farm to boost
cotton production and revive the textile industry in the country. The
farm sits on 7,200 acres of land and is located in Tikao village, Gule Village
Orom Sub County.
It produced 500 acres of cotton last season. Johnson
Byabashaija, the Commissioner General Prison Services, says that the farm is
the biggest in the country and dwells on the 430 male convicted inmates as its
major source of labor force.
Mario Kania Obiga, the Minister for Internal Affairs says the
production of cotton that was once a mandatory cash crop in the 1950`s as
enforced by the colonialist drastically reduced from 470,000 bales in 1950 to
70, 000 bales by 2010. URN visited the farm and brings you the
story in pictures.