Sugar cane farmers in Masindi advised to make co-operatives

Farmers harvesting their sugar in masindi

MASINDI, UGANDA: Cosmus Byaruhanga the Masindi District chairperson has advised sugar cane farmers to join co-operatives so as to have a collective voice in combating their challenges.

According to Byaruhanga, through co-operatives, farmers can get their own sugar meel from government and over come challenges associated with the selling their sugar cane to other sugar processing companies.

“In Masindi District, we are over 7000 sugar cane farmers therefore if we unite together we can a collective voice as well as lobbying for the construction of our own sugar factory”. Byaruhanga said.

He added that so far, four co-operatives have been formed and their target is nine co-operatives so that they start to process a union. Some of the already formed co-operatives include; Kyeema sugar cane co-operative, Kyabaswa sugar cane farmers co-operative, Masindi sugar cane growers and processors Ltd among others.

“Am also uploading sugar cane farmers to join the already formed co-operatives through being active members and buying shares and also other unions as well”. Byaruhanga added.

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Masindi Sugar cane farmers for long they have been complaining for the low by the sugar mills who buy their sugar cane and delayed harvest among other challenges.

Now Byaruhanga hopes with the formulation of a union all these challenges will be addressed.

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