Institutions include the Anglican, Catholic churches, schools, district and sub county local governments. They targeting to grow over 20 acres’ plantations each. However, Epai notes that all these shall be considered after the out growers with small acreage of one to five are catered for.
Big institutions intending to establish palm oil
plantations in Buvuma district are bound to miss out on the first phase of planting, which started at the beginning of this month. The second phase will start at the end of
Buvuma District National Oil Palm Project-NOPP Coordinator
Gerald Epai says they have so far registered over ten institutions interested
in growing palm trees. The institutions include the Anglican and Catholic churches,
schools, as well as the district and sub-county local governments, which intend to grow over
20 acres’ plantations each.
However, he says, none of these will be considered now, but advised them to wait for the second phase of
planting, which will come after out-growers with small acreages of one to five are covered. The National Oil Palm Project had an initial target of planting palm trees on 10,000
hectares of land. Of these, 7,500 hectares are planned for the nucleus estate and 2,500 for outgrowers.
the first phase, outgrowers are planting 200 hectares and nucleus estate 1,400
hectares. But much as most of the institutions say they have the capacity to facilitate
the growing process by buying all recommended farm inputs such as fertilizers, they
can only access seedlings from Buvuma Oil Palm Uganda Limited-BOPUL nursery bed, which, however, does not have the supply capacity at the moment.
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Charles Ssembatya, the National Oil Palm Project Agronomist explains that
the variety of oil palm seedlings prepared in Buvuma is fast maturing and needs expatriate monitoring which may lack in gardens completely
managed by private institutions. He adds that the institutions will require experienced extension
workers from Buvuma Oil Palm Uganda Limited to achieve better yields.
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The Church of Uganda Buvuma Island Mission Parish
Priest Eden Mukomba says that the institution has dedicated close to 40
acres of land for oil palm growing for the purposes of income generation but also to change the lives of Christians through palm oil growing.
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Buvuma County Member of Parliament Robert Ndugwa Migadde
appeals to the Ministry of Agriculture to increase machinery on the ground to expedite
the process of growing oil palm on a large scale. He notes that the delay in facilitating institutions to grow oil
palm may force some to divert the land for other developments.
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National Oil Palm Project through International Fund for Agricultural
Development (IFAD) provides farm inputs such as fertilizers and
seedlings in form of a loan to farmers, with a commitment to pay off during the