The farmers are among the first group of out-growers who received seedlings to establish oil palm gardens in Buvuma District. But before establishing plantations, they were promised 2 million Shillings per acre of land as labour fees for maintaining the gardens.
Institutions include the Anglican, Catholic churches, schools, district and sub county local governments. They targeting to grow over 20 acres’ plantations each. However, Epai notes that all these shall be considered after the out growers with small acreage of one to five are catered for.
Unlike in Kalangala district, where several farmers devoted all their land to oil palm growing, NOPP is ensuring that each out grower at Buvuma spares or secures an acre of land for growing food. Wilson Sserunjogi, the District Oil Palm Focal Person says such land will help farmers during the time when they cannot practice intercropping.
The managers were dropped following an internal audit that was conducted in March 2019, which implicated them for conniving to embezzle more than Shillings 5.4 billion from both Oil Palm Uganda Limited and Bidco Uganda Limited. The Financial controllers in Oil Palm Uganda Limited and Bidco Uganda Limited were put on notice to refund the money prompting them to flee into hiding.