Busia County Government will spend Sh16 million in the revival of Mulwanda ginnery in Samia sub county, County Executive Committee Member for Trade, Co-operatives and Industrialization, Judy Maketso has revealed.
Speaking on Wednesday after the tour of the ginnery, the CEC Member said the money has been set aside in the financial year 2018/2019.
She told the residents to rally behind its revival, adding that the project is close to the heart of the Governor Sospeter Ojaamong.
” Busia county needs investors. This will only come to fruition if the money meant for the project is used for intended purpose. The department will work closely with the seven affiliated primary societies,” she said.
Chief Officer Co-operatives Nelson Kwamini said the revival of the ginnery is not a one man’s show, adding that all stakeholders are needed to work together to ensure there is enough material when the ginnery starts operating.
Kwamini urged society leaders to visit the county offices whenever there is an issue to be sorted out.
The societies group chairman Vincent Lumumba said 600 kilograms of cotton seeds will be supplied to the societies that will in turn supply them to the farmers, adding that planting will run between June and August, 2018.
Lumumba said due to scarcity of land farmers will spare at least one acre for the crop. He
appealed to the County and National Governments to educate farmers on the need to continue planting cotton and shun politicians who discourage them to do so.
He also requested the county government to develop demonstration plots to help farmers learn more especially when the Ginnery opens door to the public.