TESO SUB-REGION: The construction of the long-awaited second multi-billion shilling fruit factory in Teso by Dakabela County MP Cosmas Elotu is expected to kick off in April this year.
This was revealed on Wednesday by Elotu’s personal secretary, Lillian Titin, during the inspection of the proposed site for the factory’s construction by select members of Soroti district physical planning committee led by the assistant chief administration Jane Akiror.
The inspection was aimed at establishing whether the proposed site located at Onongo village in Oculoi sub-county suits the plans for the factory.
Titin told the district physical committee that the procurement of the constructor has already been done and they are only waiting for approval from the district authorities.
She said that the factory project is code name ‘Project Hope’ under C and G Andues Group Ltd.
According to Titin, the factory whose construction is expected to be completed in a year’s time will add value to the mangoes, oranges, tomatoes, and guavas grown in Soroti and the neighboring districts.
Meanwhile Akiror said the proposed site is ideal for the establishment of the factory but their inspection findings will be discussed by the full district physical committee after which an official communication will be made.
Moses Eriau, the project community liaison officer is optimistic that the establishment of the fruit factory will turn around many lives of the farmers in Teso and the neighboring districts because it will provide a ready market to the farmers and provide jobs to a number of people.
The first factory, Soroti Fruit Processing Factory, began producing mango juice under the label ‘Teju’ in October 2019.