Tumusiime reveals that the sucrose level of a seedling variety can be affected because of seed cane poaching, where out growers sell cane seedlings to companies outside their region, where they might not yield the required sugar level.
Atiak Sugarcane Plantation Out Growers
Cooperative Society plans to develop their own sugarcane seed that can be
supported by the weather and soil of the sub region.
Joyce Laker, the chairperson of Atiak
Sugarcane plantation and Out growers Cooperative Society says the current sugarcane
variety they are planting is low in sucrose.
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Laker says their cooperative has already
acquired 20 acres of land in Omoro and Lamwo that will soon be quarantined for
the sugarcane seedlings development.
Laker says when the members of the
cooperative start selling their sugarcane, they will be required to give 5% of
their earnings to help fund the research and development of the sugarcane
Dan Kidega, the chairman board of Atiak
Sugar factory, said the sugarcane variety they are currently planting was got
from Bunyoro, which they have been multiplying over the years.
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Kidega however says the sugarcane variety
they have is great and supported by the soil. But he is quick to say they will
always opt for the best variety, when advised by their agronomists.
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Richard Tumusiime, an agronomist at Kinyara
Sugar Works, says all sugarcane varieties do well depending on the weather and
soil type for which they were developed.
Tumusiime reveals that the sucrose level of a
seedling variety can be affected because of seed cane poaching, where out
growers sell cane seedlings to companies outside their region, where they might
not yield the required sugar level.
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According to a research done by Kakira
Sugar, sugarcane varieties play an important role in the economic viability of
the sugar industry, and varieties lose their genetic potential in the cane and
sugar yield, if cultivated for many years.