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Atiak Sugarcane Plantation Out Growers Seek to Develop Own Cane Seedlings

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.
26 Jan 2021 18:43

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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 seedlings.   

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.

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