10 January 2013

Uganda: Busoga Faces Famine - Lawmaker

The MP for Kagoma county in Jinja, Frederick Mbagadhi Nkayi has warned that Busoga could be devastated by a famine in the future, if a shift from food crop to sugarcane farming in the region is not stopped.

The legislator raised the alarm on realizing that most farmers in Butagaya, Buyengo, Budondo and Buwenge sub-counties in Kagoma had switched to sugarcane growing.

Mbagadhi was concerned that some people, who had leased out their land to sugarcane farmers, were working as porters and shamba boys on the same land.

Apart from Kakira sugar factory, the region's farmers are now supporting Mayuge sugar factory as well as GM sugar and Kenlon in Bugiri, Kamuli sugar and Sugar and Allied industries in Kaliro, who are set to start production later this year.

Swaibu Waiswa, one of the prominent sugarcane farmers in Butagaya, blamed the shift to sugarcane on the government's failure to ensure high crop prices.

Copyright © 2013 The Observer. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.