In Uganda, Great Lakes and its associates operate three cotton companies: North Bukedi Cotton Company (NBCC), Western Uganda Cotton Company (WUCC) and Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC). Between them they own and operate ginneries in each of the three main cotton production areas of Uganda:
- NBCC in Mbale in the East
- WUCC in Kasese in the West
- GADC in Gulu in the North
GLCC employs around 1,000 people during the season and contracts 450 buying agents to buy the cotton for cash from farmers throughout the country. The ginneries produce around 250 bales per day.
The Managing Director of the Ugandan operations, Bruce Robertson, is the elected Chairman of the Ugandan Ginners and Cotton Exporters' Association (UGCEA). Last season the UGCEA collected USD 18m from ginners through a Cotton Development Fund levy on all seed cotton bought. The money is used to provide dressed cotton seeds to some 300,000 farmers, as well as spray pumps, subsidised pesticides and a pervasive farmer training network.
Plexus, Great Lakes and its associates have been active in Ugandan cotton production for over a decade. They have been instrumental as founder members of the UGCEA in re-establishing cotton as an important cash-crop in Uganda. Over recent years they have also championed the growth of organic cotton in Uganda as part of their commitment to sustainable & traceable cotton production in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Gulu Agricultural Development Co. is certified by Control Union to EU & USDA organic standards. Working with Plexus, they have established strong supply relationships with European retailers who are able to demonstrate to their consumers where their organic cotton has been grown and which farmer groups have produced it.
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