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Opposition MPs to Hold Public Consultations on Sugar Bill

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.
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Opposition 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 growers exploited.

  However, 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 planted.

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.

  Initially, 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.


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