Betty Nambooze, the Mukono Municipality MP said since Parliament has given Government one month to consult on the bill, the opposition in parliament will collectively engage in consultations in the Busoga sub-region, Bunyoro sub-region, and any other areas where cane is grown.
Members of Parliament Members have unveiled plans to hold nationwide
consultations on the controversial sugar bill.
Parliament on Tuesday shelved the sugar bill, which among other thing
introduces zoning of out growers.
Although the proposal was passed by Parliament last year excluding zoning,
President Museveni refused to assent to the bill saying exclusion of zoning
would kill the sugar industry.
Several MPs had rejected the bill saying it would see several Sugar Cane out
the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah before shelving the bill said
the initial proposal of the bill was to zone only companies that are yet to
come, and not the already existing ones.
The Opposition in Parliament say they are going to embark on a nationwide
consultation on the sugar bill, especially in areas where sugar cane is
Betty Nambooze, the Mukono Municipality MP said since Parliament has given
Government one month to consult on the bill, the opposition in parliament will
collectively engage in consultations in the Busoga sub-region, Bunyoro sub-region,
and any other areas where cane is grown.
Nambooze who was speaking in a press conference called by the Leader of
Opposition Betty Aol Ochan on Wednesday at Parliament says the purpose is to
not only listen to the out growers but to also let Ugandans understand zoning.
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Luttamaguzi Ssemakula Paulson, the Nakaseke South MP says MPs should take also
be given an opportunity to do consultations and be left to the government.
sugar companies funded an out-grower system where a company gives out-growers
seeds and fertilizers in return for the canes.
This led to the domination of sugar territories by big companies, while the
small and new companies struggled to get supply, leading to a number of
challenges including sugar cane poaching and price competition.