Farmers under the Bunyoro Sugarcane Cooperative Union Limited (BSCUL) in Masindi district, and Victoria Sugar Limited in Luwero district have entered into a memorandum of understanding. This will allow the sugar manufacturer to buy cane from the farmers.   

Muhamudu Kazimbaraine, the Chairperson BSCUL in an interview said that they signed the MoU with the sugar company to allow non registered cane farmers access market for their cane at a fair price. 

According to Kazimbaraine, they formed Union in 2022, to have a strong voice and have  better prices for their sugarcane. He said that they currently have two weighbridges for sugarcane in Masindi town and another in Rukondwa village, Bikonzi Sub- County.  

He explains that, the Union only deals with farmers who are not contracted by any sugar company, noting that before BSCUL and other millers came in, there was a lot of overgrown cane which could not easily be consumed and that some farmers would find it difficult to access market.

He appealed to farmers who are not affiliated to any sugar miller to join their union so that they get better and timely market for their sugarcane.   

Ismail Nashif, the Operations Manager Victoria Sugar limited, explains that BUSCUL management approached them to buy the farmers’ sugarcane, a decision that the company welcomed.  He says, the partnership is moving on and that currently they are paying 165,000 Shillings per tonne of sugar cane delivered by the farmers. 

Edition Mugisha, the Victoria sugar limited Out-growers’ Manager for Bunyoro region stated that, they are opening up cane plantations in Masindi with over 4,000 acres of land from over 300 farmers already available.

Francis Mugume, a farmer from Bikonzi sub county explains that, with the new MoU signed, unregistered cane farmers will now easily access market and will not be exploited.

Margret Kusemererwa, also a farmer wants the government to allow more sugar companies to operate in the region so that farmers can find better market for their sugar cane.

Bunyoro sub-region currently has four sugar factories including Kinyara Sugar Works Limited, Hoima Sugar Factory, Kiryandongo Sugar Limited, and Bwendero Sugar Factory. 

Reports of sugarcane poaching have been rampant amongst the sugar companies.

In August 2023, Kinyara sugar limited reported that it was losing up to shillings 68 billion annually to sugar cane poaching.

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