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.
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.
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.