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.
This morning, fishmongers were surprised to find police officers on MV Kalangala checking all the cargo before it is loaded. All travellers with smoked fish were blocked from accessing the ferry ship not until they surrendered the fish to security operatives at the docking pier in Lutoboka.
Patrick Kankaka was among the 10 farmers who planted oil palm in Beta East Bloc, Mugoye Sub County, Kalangala District in 2008 when the island population was still suspicious and resisting the new crop
According to records by the District Production Office, Kalangala has at least 100 commercial pineapple farmers some of whom are also intercropping their plantations with mangoes and citrus fruits. But they are struggling to earn from the production due to lack of markets.
The UPDF Marine led by Lt Col. James Nuwagaba believed the move would quickly help end illegal fishing. Two years after the Fisheries Protection Unit recorded tremendous success in the fight against illegal fishing, several leaders including Kalangala LC V chairperson, Willy Lugoloobi started calling for the return of fish smoking.
The money will be distributed between four groups; Lutoboka Youth Fish Cage Farming Association, Lutoboka Women Fish Cage farming group, Bugoma Youth Association and Mutambala Fishing, to start fish cages and procure fishing gear, among others, fishing boats, nets and engines.
Among the guidelines, the farmers must obtain licenses before growing rice on any island within the District and, all rice growers must have secured land not within forest reserves and the buffer zones.
Connie Masaba, the Project Manager Vegetable Oil Development project in the Ministry of Agriculture, told journalists in an interview that the palm oil farmers should instead celebrate the high price of Palm oil.
An ice block processing plant built to the tune of 8 billion shillings to help Kalangala fishermen is lying unused. The plant is located on Mwena Landing Site. The plant was commissioned May 20, 2014 to serve all the 84 islands that make up the district. The facility took five years to complete.
The decision by residents to petition the ministry was reached during a stakeholders meeting attended by Kalangala resident district commissioner Caleb Tukaikiriza and civil society organization members at the district head quarters on Friday.
In January this year, Kalangala district council banned at least 10000 fishermen after they were found using illegal fishing gears. This grounded fishing activities on almost all landing sites in the district.
He regrets allowing the Palm oil project to take root in Kalangala saying that because of the project, the entire territory is covered in palm trees stalling construction works and several other development projects.