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Frank Twinamatsiko, the Chairperson Abasaija Kweyamba Mubuku Farming Cooperative Society Limited, says they were surprised last month when Shiwalama Commercial farmers limited and Bataka Lukooki Community issued them eviction notices claiming ownership of part of the scheme.
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A group of farmers in Kasese district has petitioned the Agriculture Committee of parliament to investigate how part of the land belonging to Mubuku Irrigation Scheme was allocated to two private firms. 

Mubuku Irrigation Scheme that sits on 600 hectares of land was established by government in 1964 to serve as a demonstration farm for local farmers. The scheme is dependent on water from Sebwe and Mubuku rivers. In 2010, government rehabilitated the scheme to boost production. 

The scheme is currently utilized by Abasaija Kweyamba Mubuku Framing Cooperative Society Limited.  FICA Seed and NASECO Seed companies contracted the farmers to engage in seed multiplication.

Now, the farmers want the Agriculture Committee of parliament to investigate the circumstances under, which Shiwalama Commercial farmers limited and Bataka Lukooki Community secured titles for the land belonging to the scheme.  

The farmers handed over their petition to Committee members led by their Vice Chairperson, Robert Migadde during a visit to the scheme to evaluate the work of FICA Seed and NASECO Seed companies. 

Frank Twinamatsiko, the Chairperson Abasaija Kweyamba Mubuku Farming Cooperative Society Limited, says they were surprised last month when Shiwalama Commercial farmers limited and Bataka Lukooki Community issued them eviction notices claiming ownership of part of the scheme.

Shiwarama Commercial farmers limited and Bataka Lukooki Community reportedly belong to businessmen only identified as Shiwarama and Teherambooko respectively.  According to Twinamatsiko, the two businessmen asked them to stop all activities on the scheme, saying they secured titles from Uganda Land Commission. 

He says the businessmen showed them copies of their land titles, which they obtained in 2014. Twinamatsiko says the impending eviction has triggered panic among farmers.

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Part of the contested land is used by farmers for seed multiplication. Robert Migadde, the Agriculture Committee Vice Chairperson, says they will investigate the circumstances surrounding the allocation of the land in the scheme. 

He says it is possible unscrupulous people want to grab the government land.

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Noah Mutebi Wanzala, the Nakasongola County Member of Parliament, says they will not allow the land transaction because it threatens seed production in the country.  He asked farmers to continue with their work, saying the alleged land allocation could be a trick to grab government land.

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