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Reduce grazing fee â€" residents

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th January 2007 03:00 AM

RESIDENTS in the local councils of Kokotero, Bbajjo, Misanga and Mugongo in Bbaale sub-county Kayunga district have asked National Forestry Authority (NFA) to reduce the sh5,000 fee saying it is too high. This fee is paid for grazing on forest reserves.

RESIDENTS in the local councils of Kokotero, Bbajjo, Misanga and Mugongo in Bbaale sub-county Kayunga district have asked National Forestry Authority (NFA) to reduce the sh5,000 fee saying it is too high. This fee is paid for grazing on forest reserves.

By Kibuuka Lumu

RESIDENTS in the local councils of Kokotero, Bbajjo, Misanga and Mugongo in Bbaale sub-county Kayunga district have asked National Forestry Authority (NFA) to reduce the sh5,000 fee saying it is too high. This fee is paid for grazing on forest reserves.

This was contained in the Bbaale sub-county LC3 chairman, Fred Mpanga’s annual report to the area Member of Parliament, Sulaiman Tibakozze Madaada.

The October report covers land issues, forestry, revenue status and the poverty situation in the sub-county.

Mpanga said the National Forestry Authority should reduce the sh5,000 fee to sh1000, to make it affordable to the mostly peasant residents.

“Livestock farmers are required to pay sh5,000 per head of cattle for a period of six months. For every three heads of cattle, one is allocated one hectare. This is over-exploitation of my people,” Mpanga said.

Mpanga said agricultural and livestock farmers living in the forest reserves in Bbaale and Garilaaya sub-counties had been there for many years, but were abruptly asked to pay fees for using that land.

“Farmers are not allowed to plant grass for grazing and the allocated land is not demarcated. For example, one is not supposed to fence the grazing area,” Mpanga noted.

Reduce grazing fee — residents

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