Sugarcane farmers in Busoga sub region are
optimistic of reaping big from cane juice compared to selling their harvest as
Some of the farmers interviewed during a two day’s training program
on cane juice production at Kamuli district headquarters in Friday, said sugar factories
have resorted to paying them less because of the
surplus cane in the region.
During the training, the farmers received training
on both the manual and electronic machines. The juice making machines
cost between Shillings 1.8 to 8 million.
Eva Namwase, a cane farmer Kaliro
district, said that a part from under payment, factories take long to weigh
their cane and at times reject it citing poor quality.
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Robinah Nabiryo, a farmer from Buyende district, says through
making cane juice, an acre of cane can produce Shillings 12 million compared to
Shillings 3.5 million they earn when they sell the cane in raw form to sugar
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Mubarak Tigatwala, a farmer from Kamuli district, says juice
making will help farmers to add value to their products and attain more profits,
while using a small piece of land, which he claims will save wetlands and
forests in the region from extinction.
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Jamiah Lukude, a cane farmer says the cane
juice machines are costly for small holder farmers and wants government to
provide them on loan to farmers.
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Prof. William Kyamuhangiire, who is attached to Makerere
university, said that when farmers headline production of value added products,
factory owners will be forced to share with them profits earned from other
sugarcane byproducts like ethanol, paper, among others.
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The Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, who presided over
the training, said that she is coordinating with different parliamentarians to
ensure proper legislation on cane value addition without hindrance from mill