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.
Wilson Sserunjogi, the VODP Focal Person in Buvuma District notes that they have started setting up a nursery bed and expect to be ready by March next year. He says they intend to start with about 36, 000 seedlings from Benin to benefit the out growers.
Gerald Epai, the Coordinator Vegetable Oil Development Project-VODP Buvuma District, says they have faced a number of challenges, which they are almost settling as they wait for the contractor to complete the out grower’s office building for project activities to officially commence.