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Busoga leaders Push for Ordinance to Curb Land Fragmentation :: Uganda Radionetwork

Busoga leaders Push for Ordinance to Curb Land Fragmentation

Local leaders are pushing for ordinances to curb traditional cultural acts of dividing land among relatives which has affected agricultural.
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Local leaders in Busoga want an ordinance to curb traditional cultural acts of dub diving dividing land among family members.

They say dud division of land into small pieces is affecting agricultural production in the region .

Joseph Dhikusooka , Iganga district production officer says the average land for food crop production is 1.5 acres per home of 11 people, compared to 10 acres 20 years ago.

Fred Ngobi Gume President Uganda Local Government Association - ULGA says there is need such an ordinance in all the districts of Busoga.

The ordinance according Gume will  enforce the 2012, Jinja district food production ordinance against sugarcane growing passed by most districts in Busoga region.

Gume says as Busoga awaits a special rehabilitation fund, it is the local leadership that must come up with good laws to that will help land become more productive in Busoga.

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Joseph Kiduuma a resident of Irenzi Village in Nambaale Sub County was forced to sell off approximately half an acre of land inherited from his father Noah Kiduuma. 

After Noah Kiduuma\'s death, 12 children and his wife apportioned six acres of land among themselves.

Joseph Kiduuma says the land he inherited was not enough to sustain him and his family. He therefore sold it off to buy a motorcycle in 2013.

Lazarus Magezi, the  Nambaale LC3 Chairman says 9 out of 10 homes in his area  practice traditional inheritance of land and apportion it among family members unabated.

Meddy Mbentyo a councilor for Jinja district central division says he will champion tabling the ordinance as a private member at Jinja district council. He says many youths who inherited land  have sold it off to get to urban centres.

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He has been joined by Annet Musika, the  Jinja district production secretary who says land fragmentation is the biggest threat  agricultural production

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