Gulu District leaders reject ‘rotten’ sorghum seeds

By Ronnie Layoo

GULU. Authorities in Gulu District have rejected sorghum seeds supplied under the Government’s Operation Operation Wealth Creation saying the items are rotten and would not germinate if planted.

The seeds were distributed at various sub-counties by Victoria Seeds Company.
Justine Obol the Laroo Division LCV counscillor rejected the seeds, saying they were not in good quality since they were rotten.
“Gulu district isn’t a dumping ground, the management of Victoria Seeds Company should stand warned that they will be investigated for supplying rotten seeds,” Obol said.

Francesca Amony, a women councillor representating Pece Division, also said the seeds were below the standards. “Suppliers should stop brining rotten stock to the people and such suppliers should not be entertained in the district. They should not be given contracts to supply any products in the district,” Amony said.

Dorothy Ajuwang, the Gulu chief administrative officer, refused to approve the distribution forms, saying the seeds needed to be investigated and only approved for distribution if no faults were found.

“We will terminate the contracts of those who don’t respect terms and conditions in their contracts. This is not acceptable,” Ajwang said.Josephine Ayugi, the managing director of Victoria Seeds Company denied the allegations that their seeds were rotten. Ayugi said the seeds in question don’t belong to them but to Jalson Foundation, another seeds company.

However, PML Daily could not readily establish the authenticity of the claims.



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