oa East African Geographical Review - The geography of tobacco production in West Nile district
The major features of the map (Fig. 1) of commercial tobacco cultivation in Uganda are the rather peripheral distribution and the concentration into three main regions: in West Nile, the ""Middle North"" (Acholi, Lango, and East Madi), and Bunyoro-Mubende, with one subsidiary region, North Kigezi. Although tobacco can grow anywhere in Uganda. except at very high altitudes, the locational pattern is far from fortuitous. It is due largely to government policy to develop tobacco growing in the west and north where cash crops were needed rather than in the Lake Victoria-Elgon region, where it would have had a harmful effect upon the cotton and coffee already established there. That was during the early establishment of tobacco, in the 1930's and 1940's.
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