The farmers say that due to the reduced water volumes in the river, the scheme management has now resorted to rationing. Patrick Mwesige, a staff of the Mubuku Irrigation Scheme in charge of water, says the water in the river is not enough; affected by a dry spell, and human activities upstream which have affected the volumes in the canals.
David Balironda, the Manager Kalangala Oil Palm Tree Out Growers Trust (KOPGT), says the increased prices have pushed farmers to harvest immature fruits. He, however, says this has led to the low-quality extraction rate in the mills, which has the potential of lowering the price of palm oil fruits.
The UK has insisted that Brexit gives it a chance to negotiate closer trade deals with African countries and that it will strengthen trade and economic relations. However, this is posing a challenge for countries like Uganda, which have to export their products through the EU to the UK and have to go through different custom procedures that came with it.