By Yosam Gucwaki
The communications Manager, Kinyara sugar limited, Magoola Kirunda,
has said that Kinyara sugar limited has lost 44 billion into sugar cane poaching being done by people from the Eastern side and the
He explains that Kinyara sugar limited has lost 3700 hectares to cane
poaching noting that a lot of this is going to illicit trade in
He also says that out the 44 billion shillings lost 14 billion is
supposed to be government taxes.
Magoola adds that from their studies over 75% of the out growers
fields that have been involved in cane diversion have been abandoned
by the poachers but Kinyara has not cancelled any contract with
farmers because of the hardships farmers may go through after the
fields have been abandoned.
Magoola states that though they have addressed the cause which farmers
said were forcing them to sell sugar cane to the poachers, sugar cane
poaching is still on increase.
Some of the reasons which forced sugar cane growers to sell cane to
poachers in include; delayed harvesting of cane, delayed payment, low
sugar cane price among others.
Sugar cane poaching began last year after sugar cane farmers claimed
that Kinyara Sugar management had failed to address their problems as
Early this year, security in Masindi started impounding Lorries loaded
with cane from Masindi to the Eastern side where the cane poachers
were coming from.www.mknewslink.com has learnt.
The impounding was being championed by the Resident District
Commissioner Masindi, Godfrey Nyakahuma, who claimed that he was
implementing a presidential directive issued in the
state of the Nation address in May 2016 stopping sugar cane poachers
from poaching cane for other companies.
However, the sugar cane poachers rushed to Masindi high court and
secured a court order which gave them a go ahead with their business
and which is still standing.
Early this month Kinyara sugar limited management increased the sugar
cane price from 100,818 shillings to 150,000 shillings as one of
enticing farmers to sell cane to Kinyara sugar factory.
Source:www.mknewslink.com, a western Uganda news website.