Iganga district local government is proposing to pass a sugar cane growing ordinance intended to curb the haphazard cultivation of the sugarcane crop on small pieces of land and to protect the soils.
The district chairman, Shaban Nkuttu, told an annual general meeting of the Iganga Red Cross branch on Thursday that if passed, the ordinance will not allow anybody with less than 10-acres of land to cultivate sugar canes.
Nkuttu said the proposed ordinance is intended to protect the fertility of the land. He said the ordinance will enable farmers to grow other crops like maize,rice and beans.
Almost a half of the population in the district are sugarcane outgrowers who feed Kakira sugar company and
Mayuge sugar works limited.