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State Minister of Agriculture Calls For Remapping of Aswa Ranch Border :: Uganda Radionetwork
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State Minister of Agriculture Calls For Remapping of Aswa Ranch Border

Rwamirama said even if the government has leased the ranches all over the country, it is to produce oil seed crops to feed the oil and soap industries.

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The State Minister of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries, Bright Rwamirama  has called for a fresh survey, remapping and opening of the boundary of the contested land hosting Aswa ranch.   

The Minister said this on Wednesday while visiting Lamwo District headquarters.

In 1968, the community reportedly leased 105,400 hectares of land to Uganda Livestock Investment for fattening animals.   

Sisto Ocen Oyet, the chairperson of Lamwo district, said when the community gave the land, the government fenced and compensated the locals for only 63,000 hectares, and not the whole of 105.400 hectares, implying that the remaining hectares do not belong to Uganda Livestock Investment.  

However, over the past months, residents and leaders in Lamwo district have been complaining that National Animal Genetic Resources Centre (NAGRC), which was in 2016 given a lease to use the land has extended the boundaries beyond the original 63,000 hectares.  

“My people of Lamwo are not refuting that there is no Aswa Ranch. Their issue is Aswa Ranch does not cross the border to Lamwo,” said Oyet.    

According to leaders the given land only covered the areas of Bur Lobo, Okobo, Bangalore, Labiti, Tino, and Obwol Odeya, all in Pader District. However, Oyet said when NAGRC got a lease in 2016, a new map detailing the boundaries was printed, which started causing contention among the locals.  

 

Oyet said the new map now includes sub-counties in Lamwo such as; Palabek Gem, Palabek Ogili and Palabek Abera, yet the ranch does not reach up to Lamwo district.    

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Geoffrey Osborn Oceng, said the information in the public domain is that the government compensated only people for 63,000 hectares, and the remnants of the wires used to fence the area are still available.    

Oceng revealed that when he went to Uganda Livestock Industries to find out the truth about the land, he was given a document that now shows that the land is freehold, yet it was under leasehold.  

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However, the State Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industries, and Fisheries advised the leaders to get their technical team to ensure that the ranch is surveyed. He said  if the government has leased the ranches all over the country, it is to produce oil seed crops to feed the oil and soap industries.  

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Another issue of contention is the use of 30,000 hectares part of the ranch by Uganda Prisons Services to grow cereals.

On September 16, Gadison Tushabomwe, the Manager in Charge of the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre (NAGRC) in Pader district handed over the land to Uganda Prisons Services represented by Margaret Orik Obonyo, the Northern Region Prisons Commander, raising concerns among leaders and the community. 

 

However, Rwamirama said the government decided to use all ranches in the country to grow food and solve food insecurity in the country and also to produce foundation seeds for beneficiaries of the Parish Development Model-PDM.   

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