Sugarcane Farmers from Luuka district have petitioned the
speaker of parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga over their failure to get permits
to sell their cane.
The over 300 contract farmers were given
a go ahead by both Mayuge sugar and Kakira
Sugar to grow sugarcane then sell it back to them, but the factories have
reportedly backtracked from buying the cane, leaving the farmers stranded for
close to three years now.
The farmers on Thursday petitioned Kadaga asking her to intervene and
ensure that the companies can buy their sugarcane.
They have called on the Speaker to
assist them get permits for selling the sugarcanes, since they acquired huge
loans to produce the canes.
Nsubuga, who spoke on behalf of the farmers said that several family
members are stricken by hunger and money for taking their children to school,
and yet they have acres of sugarcane ready for sell but wasting away.
Nsubuga said that several banks had
also moved on to attach property of the farmers for defaulting to pay their
loans. The farmers cannot sell their sugarcane because the sugar cane companies
cannot give them permits.
According one of the sugar cane
growers, it seems the sugarcane companies already have enough raw materials,
and they don’t want to let them sell any where else.
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In her response, Kadaga pledged to have a meeting with the owners
of the factories together with a representative of the petitioners to ensure
that the matter was resolved.
She also assured them that the pledge made by the president to
help farmers in Busoga region acquire their own mill is on course and this
should be able to solve several problems they are experiencing in regards to
the big factories and their operations.