Namuganza says that, under circumstances where millers lack market for their already processed sugar, it is hard for them to purchase out-growers’ cane since they already have surplus processed sugar in their stores.
National Resistance Movement- NRM leaders from the Busoga region
have tasked their President Yoweri Museveni to address the challenges affecting
the sugar industry.
In their joint statement read out by the State Minister for Lands, Persis
Namuganza at Iganga municipal council Primary School in Iganga district on
Thursday, the leaders say that both millers and out-growers are outraged by the
challenges affecting the sugar industry within Busoga sub-region.
Namuganza says that, under circumstances where millers lack market for their
already processed sugar, it is hard for them to purchase out-growers’ cane
since they already have surplus processed sugar in their stores.
She further says that the government should improvise means of boosting local
investors to construct small scale sugar processing plants which will kill
farmers’ over-dependency on already struggling millers who are currently
incapacitated to purchase their cane.
//cue in: “so many factories…
Cue out…factories in Busoga,”.
Namuganza further asked Museveni to extend financial aid to improve the out-growers’
livelihoods whose sole capital is wasting away in gardens due to lack of a
stable market for their mature cane.
On his part, Museveni says that some countries within the East African Community
have deficits in sugar supply, however, Uganda’s sugar has failed to penetrate
such markets due to high costs of production compared to other high sugar-producing
countries like Brazil and Swaziland.
Museveni further promised to bail out struggling cane farmers.