Yonasi Kithola, the Kithoulu Sub County LC V Councilor, says the district has severally spoken about the economic impact of the poor road network on the area. He says today only a few farmers can afford the high transport costs to deliver their produce to markets in Bwera and Kasese town.
Emmanuel Lubega, the Uganda-South Sudan national coordinator at the East African Business Council-EABC, says such a body like a case is for cotton and coffee would ensure farmer’s produce in line with the set standards.
Jolly K Sabune, the Director of Cotton Development Organization-CDO says the opportunities in the cotton value chain that include production of fertilizers, soap and edible oil are not fully exploited because many people do not have the resources to invest in the business.
Emmanuel Lubega, the Uganda-South Sudan national coordinator at the East African Business Council-EABC, argues that even when hundreds of farmers are involved in cocoa-growing, the country lacks accurate production data to attract international buyers and private investors.
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.
Enock Nyabongo a lead cotton farmer under Mubuku cotton farmer’s association-MCFA attributes the low prices to the poor seeds that have affected their output. He says the seedlings produce small and tiny balls that do not sprout.
Baryomunsi who met a few leaders and locals from the sub-county said the government was aware of the tensions in the community and has been working to ensure that it's controlled. “There issue of land titles should not be a concern anymore because we are handling it and soon you will receive them.” He said.
Samuel Kule Tamwanzire says that candidates should clearly state how they will fix the road network in the sub-county. He says that the Rugendabara to Kasangali and Kamwani to Mbata roads are impassable for farmers and traders.
The clashes started when a group of Bakonzo armed with spears and pangas attacked the Basongora pastoralists who were grazing cattle, blowing up a conflict that has been brewing for years. seven cows were looted during the raid.