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Vegetable Oil Development Project Opens Oil Palm Nurseries in Buvuma

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Wilson Sserunjogi, the VODP Focal Person in Buvuma District notes that they have started setting up a nursery bed and expect to be ready by March next year. He says they intend to start with about 36, 000 seedlings from Benin to benefit the out growers.
Part of land vacated by residents for oil palm project

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The Vegetable Oil Development Project-VODP has started clearing ground in Buvuma district to set up palm tree nursery beds in preparations to kick start the long awaited palm oil growing project.

The nursery bed will occupy about 3 acres of land at Buwangwe local council-LCI in Busamuzi Sub County.  VODP introduced the palm oil growing project in Buvuma district in 2008.  

However, the project dragged on because of various challenges including the tedious land acquisition process and delayed compensation of the project affected persons.

The project will operate on 10,000 hectares, 6500 of which will be used by Oil Palm Uganda Ltd-OPUL, a subsidiary of Bidco Uganda that manages palm oil plantations at Kalangala District. 

The remaining 3500 hectares will be utilized by out growers.  

Wilson Sserunjogi, the VODP Focal Person in Buvuma District notes that they have started setting up a nursery bed and expect to be ready by March next year.  

He says they intend to start with about 36, 000 seedlings from Benin to benefit the out growers.

 

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Gerald Esau, the VODP Buvuma District Coordinator, says the scheme has started without out growers unlike in other districts were oil palm growing has been embraced. 

He notes that in Buvuma they have had a challenge of convincing land lords to offer land for the project to commence at once.  

He however notes that they have almost achieved 95 percent of land acquisition and are yet to invite OPUL to take it over. 

“We have now covered almost all the project affected persons-PAP, and this means that we have secured the largest part of land, over 8, 000 out growers have registered and prepared to start growing palm oil,” Esau reveals. 

Aggrey Wakasi, a resident of Kasansa registered as an out grower is currently waiting for training how to care for the young plantation. 

“I was not ready to sell my two acres of land but I was interested in growing the plant though my hope had deteriorated but now with the nursery bed developments my hope is restored,” Wakasi says.                               

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