David Ojwang, the Vice Chairman Kakira Out growers Rural Development Fund, says plans are underway to review their contracts with the out growers. He says this will help them to identify farmers promoting poaching, which has affected production at Kakira sugar limited.
Kakira Sugar Limited failed to meet its target for sugar exports in the 2015/2106 financial year, the company spokesperson, Angella Kintu Rwabose has revealed.
According to Kintu, they only managed to produce 120, 000 tons of sugar out of the projected 180,000 tons. She blames the shortfall on cane poaching by their competitors, diseases and bad weather, which affected cane production.
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According to Kintu, Kakira sugar limited has 18,000 out growers farmers an about 17,500 hectares of sugar plantations in Jinja. She however, explains that some of the out growers go ahead to sell their harvest to their competitors despite signing and undertaking with Kakira Sugar limited.
Dr. Reddy Ramchandra, the Agriculture manager Kakira Sugar Limited, says they are currently training out-growers on how best to manage their plantations to avoid diseases, which affect their yield. He says during the training the cane farmers are taught how to harvest seeds, spray and apply fertilizers in their plantations.
David Ojwang, the Vice Chairman Kakira Out growers Rural Development Fund, says plans are underway to review their contracts with the out growers. He says this will help them to identify farmers promoting poaching, which has affected production at Kakira sugar limited. Cane poaching can have very devastating effect on a sugar company.
Mumias Sugar in neighboring Kenya has temporarily closed due to lack of raw material. The Daily Nation quotes Dan Ameyo, the Chairman Mumias Sugar, saying they have stopped production because they can't get enough cane from their catchment area.
According to Ameyo, the company has lost more than 750,000 tons of cane due to poaching; adding that they will only resume production once the problem is addressed.