The municipal council proposed that sugarcane planting be limited to places near the main roads within the three divisions of the Central, Nyenga and Wakisi. The council also proposed complete abolition of sugar growing in the central division and in the areas next to the trading centres of the two divisions citing under development and insecurity in the area.
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A section of farmers in Njeru have protested the move by the
municipal authorities to limit sugarcane growing along the roads.
The municipal council proposed that sugarcane planting be limited to places
near the main roads within the three divisions of Central, Nyenga and
It also proposed complete abolition of sugarcane growing in the central
division and in the areas next to the trading centres of the two divisions
citing under development and insecurity in the area.
According to the municipal Mayor Yasin Kyazze, sugarcane makes the town look
bushy and resulting into fights with other farmers who grow different types of
crops in the area.
He says farmers claim poor yields of other crops like beans, potatoes, cassava
and banana in gardens surrounded by the sugarcane plantations.
According to World Wildlife Fund report of 2004 titled ‘Sugar and the
Environment’, sugar is responsible for more biodiversity loss than any other
crop, due to its destruction of habitat to make way for plantations, intensive
use of water for irrigation, heavy use of agricultural chemicals, and the
polluted wastewater that is routinely discharged in the sugar production
It also indicates that sugar production take its toll on surrounding soil,
water and air, especially in threatened tropical ecosystems near the equator.
Robert Nsubuga, the municipality production officer says development is
everyone’s desire explaining that they intend to engage various growers on the
matter but not simply force them to stop growing sugar since they own land in various
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However, sugarcane growers claim that such regulations are rushed.
David Lumiisa, one of the growers at Central Ward B says it is
only intended to leave their land idle since they lack money to set up other developments.
He reasons that the municipality should consider the move after
setting up a source for low-profit start-up capital for other project
developments or else they are leaving them with no option other than
maintaining growing of sugar.
Livingstone Kintu another grower believes that such initiatives would be
swiftly implemented in the community that is just growing.
“We need to see the community grow however limiting us from growing sugar is
not the solution to the municipality development, let there be several other
initiatives we shall find ourselves finding other places to do farming,” Kintu
Michael Odeba, a councillor representing Upper Nnaava notes that the proposal
is rushed. He says that the authorities should wait for the enactment of the