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District Council Approves Buvuma Oil Palm Growers Trust

The trust is mandated to generate and pass polices, mobilise farmers to participate in oil palm growing, popularise the project through awareness campaign as well as identifying and registering more out growers.
Gonzaga Kasekende the secretary for production moving the motion to approve Buvuma oil Palm Trust-BOPT before district council.

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Buvuma District Council has approved Buvuma Oil Palm Grower’s Trust-BOPGT to serve as a link between out growers and top stake holders. The top stakeholders include Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries-MAAIF and Buvuma Oil Palm Limited-BOPL, which was incorporated by Bidco Uganda limited to implement oil palm activities in the district. 

 

On Friday, the Buvuma District Production Secretary, Gonzaga Kasekende tabled a motion in the district council chaired by the Speaker, Sarasino Namuyimba Ssekajjoro for the approval of Buvuma Oil Palm Grower’s Trust-BOPGT. In his motion, Kasekende emphasised the need to formulate the trust and nominate trustees as district representatives to the board. 

“The district is responsible for mobilising farmers to realise the importance of the project. This can only be done under Buvuma Oil Palm Grower’s Trust for smooth implementation of the project,” Kasekende said. BOPGT will hold a 10 percent stake in Buvuma Oil Palm Limited-BOPL on behalf of the farmers.

The trust is mandated to generate and pass polices, mobilise farmers to participate in oil palm growing, popularise the project through awareness campaign as well as identifying and registering more out growers. The National Oil Palm Mobiliser, Kyofa Kabuye notes that there has been a delay in approving the trust, which had to come before the commencement of the project. 

He explained the importance of the trust, saying that MAAIF through the Internal Fund for Agricultural Development-IFAD shall be in position to support farmers in terms in farm inputs.  

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Wilson Sserunjogi, the Buvuma National Oil Palm Project Focal Person, says they have so far registered about 8, 000 out growers to participate in the project, whose list shall be handled over to the trust. 

The out growers shall be utilising 3500 hectares out of the 10,000 hectares of land targeted by the project.  

The remaining 6500 hectares of land will be utilised by BOPL.  Beatrice Keyijesha, Lwajje Sub County representative says the trust shall help bring farmers close to the project. 

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