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NOPP Considers Hiring Kalangala Ferry to Transport Palm Oil Seedlings to Buvuma

Currently, there is a single ferry plying the route from Kiyindi landing site in Buikwe District to Kirongo landing site in Buvuma district. However, Wilson Sserunjogi, the Buvuma District Oil Palm Project Oil Person, says the ferry is in bad shape very bad shape and may not deliver the seedlings on time as anticipated.
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The National Oil Palm Project-NOPP is considering hiring a ferry from Kalangala Infrastructure Services-KIS to transport Palm oil seedlings to Buvuma district. NOPP is set to receive about 36, 000 seedlings from Benin in mid-March this year.

However, NOPP officials are concerned about how they can quickly transport the seedlings to nursery beds in Buvuma where they will be raised before they are transplanted to the main garden. Currently, there is a single ferry plying the route from Kiyindi landing site in Buikwe District to Kirongo landing site in Buvuma district. 

However, Wilson Sserunjogi, the Buvuma District Oil Palm Project Oil Person, says the ferry is in bad shape very bad shape and may not deliver the seedlings on time as anticipated. He explains that they will need a standby ferry to deliver the seedlings to the nursery bed on time since they will have traveled along distance from Benin. 

Sserunjogi also explains that they have been disappointed severally by the frequent breakdown of the available ferry while transporting equipment. He also fears that they may get challenges of transport the seedlings and travelers. However, the engineer of Kiyindi-Kirongo Ferry, Francis Opedun notes that the ferry was serviced recently, but admits that it can’t make beyond three round trips.   

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The Buvuma District LC V Chairperson, Alex Mabiriizi appeals to UNRA to expedite the construction of the new ferry to save his electorate from the troublesome transport system. He says the district has failed to execute a number of activities due to the failure to deliver heavy equipment across the lake.    

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 Allan Ssempebwa, the Public and Media Relations Manager Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA has called for calm from leaders and stake holders in Buvuma district, saying they are working hard to deliver the new ferry as promised.