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Outgrowers ask for bylaw on burning bushes

By Vision Reporter

Added 4th August 2009 03:00 AM

Sugarcane out-growers in Mukono district have asked the Government to enact by-laws against bush-burning. Through the Mukono Sugarcane Out-Growers Saving and Credit Society, the farmers said enacting bylaws against bush burning in the dry season would pro

Sugarcane out-growers in Mukono district have asked the Government to enact by-laws against bush-burning. Through the Mukono Sugarcane Out-Growers Saving and Credit Society, the farmers said enacting bylaws against bush burning in the dry season would pro

By John Semakula

Sugarcane out-growers in Mukono district have asked the Government to enact by-laws against bush-burning. Through the Mukono Sugarcane Out-Growers Saving and Credit Society, the farmers said enacting bylaws against bush burning in the dry season would protect their plantations from the rampant fires.

“Many of our farmers have lost their plantations to fire set by people burning bushes,” said Edward Kintu, the founder of the out-growers society. 

Kintu recently lost his three-acre sugarcane plantation to a mysterious fire. He blamed the fire on cattle- keepers who torch bushes with the intention of opening-up new grazing areas for their animals.

Kintu said selling burnt sugarcanes was difficult because the sugar companies do not buy sugarcanes after three days of burning. Another farmer, Emanuel Kizza of Nagojje sub-county, said his 10-acre sugarcane plantation was burnt.

Kizza said he got a loan from the Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited (SCOUL) to grow his sugarcanes, but unknown people torched his plantation.

Kizza said by the time his plantation was set on fire, he was about to sell the sugarcanes. He lamented that after the fire, he has to incur huge extra costs to clear up the plantations to allow the growth of new health sugarcane.

Outgrowers ask for bylaw on burning bushes

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