Nwoya District Closes Two Commercial Farms Over Child Labor.

Nwoya district council has discontinued activities of two commercial farms over child labor and human rights abuses.
The affected are Rigil Farms Limited which sits on 14,300 acres of land situated in Lukai, Leb Ngec, Alingiri and Anaka parishes which grows majorly cotton.
The other is Vineyak Agro Farms Limited in Nyamokino parish and Lungulu Sub County. It sits on 6000 acres of land growing beans, coffee and millet.
The district speaker, Tonny Okello says the council discovered that management of the farms are employing children as young as 8 years, mistreating their staffs and not providing work documents.
They also accuse the farm managers who are majorly Indian nationals of pressing their female workers to sex for pay, sexual slavery and allowing men and women to share same houses at night.
The resolution will also see that commercial farms should compensate families of children employed by the farms UGX 10 million and the children be compensated UGX 500,000.
The district chairperson, Patrick Okello Oryema said the Tuesday council resolution will take immediate effect with the assistance of security agencies and child right activists.
This followed a report by Save the Children during an assessment on the situation of child labor on selected commercial farms in Nwoya district.
The survey was led by, Immaculate Nalubyayi, Save the Children Advocacy Officer and Nwoya district leaders between the 9th and 10th of April this year.
Nwoya district police officer in-charge of child and family protection unit, Andrew Ocen said they have registered at least 21 cases of child labor since 2017.
Most victims are reportedly from the districts of Amuru, Tororo, Pakwach, Mbale, Dokolo, Lira, Arua and Nebbi.
Nwoya district has about 35 commercial farms according to the report by Save the Children.
By Emmy Daniel Ojara.Nwoya.

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