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Stop Leasing Out Forest Reserves To Investors – Kabuleeta To Government

Joseph Kabuleeta, the Principal Of National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED), has advised the government to stop leasing out forest reserves to investors.

Much as they are doing this in the name of enhancing sugarcane growth, he says it’s affecting the locals. Kabuleeta says only a few people are benefiting from this program which is not right.

“The farmers of sugarcane are operating at a loss because they have to sell at much lower prices. The investors have satellite farms which provide them sugarcane reserves which leaves the regular Ugandan farmer being pushed out without any other sources of livelihood and feeding their families,” he said.

Kabuleta’s remarks followed the outcry of sugarcane farmers in Busoga and Bunyoro sub-regions. These farmers say there is ongoing exploitation orchestrated by sugar manufacturing investors and middlemen.

Apparently, it has become a tendency to over-depreciate the prices of their produce leaving them at losses.

A sugarcane farmer, Lennox Mugume said way back, sugarcane plantations were very lucrative but it’s now a poverty trap.

“Farmers of sugarcane back then used to get a lot of money to sustain their wellbeing but of late it has become a poverty trap. No one gains even a penny from sugarcane growing,” said Mugume during a news conference held in Kampala.

Kabuleta has warned foreign investors that when Museveni leaves power, they will face the citizens over their exploitation.

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