Mara — BIG Results Now (BRN) strategy will enable fully exploitation of economic opportunities available within the Mara River Basin for the benefits of local residents, Mara Regional Commissioner(RC) Mr John Tupa has said.
Plans are underway to introduce serious sugarcane farming on part of the river basin, according to Mr Tupa.
"15,000 hectares of land in the Mara River Basin have been set aside for sugarcane plantations and this is part of implementation of Big Results Now strategy in our region," the RC told a news conferences in his office early this week.
"12,000 hectares of land has been allocated to an investor and the remaining 3,000 hectares will go to outgrowers," the regional chief said.
He added that there was hug potential in the Mara River Basin, where land can be used for other economic gains. He hinted that Implementation of the project was sponsored by the World Bank (WB), but declined to give more details.
Final assessment on the project will be done next month before the final approval by relevant authorities, according to Mr Tupa. "Since this project is funded by World Bank.
I am sure we will benefit a lot ," the RC pointed out. The region, he said, is determined to start marketing investment opportunities within the largest river basin in a bid to woo serious investors.
A crucial forum is today scheduled to take place at Mugumu town to discuss investment opportunities found within the river basin. Mara River Basin is one of the potential resources but was yet to be taped for the benefit of local communities and the nation at large.
The area is blessed with amazing tourist attractions such as waterfalls and wild animals that are yet to be developed and widely marketed. Many people living near the river basin are still facing economic hardships, according to local leaders.