Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Sugarcane farmers in Masindi have resolved to lift their ban to supply cane to Kinyara Sugar Limited. The farmers slapped a ban on supplying cane to Kinyara Sugar Limited on October 18th, 2018 following their failure to agree with the company on the final payment for sugarcane for the 2017/2018 financial year and current financial year.
It came after Kinyara Sugar Works communicated to the farmer’s board indicating that it wouldn’t be able to pay Shillings 90,000 for a ton of cane, which angered the cane farmers. On Wednesday, the farmers held a meeting with the management of Kinyara Sugar Works Limited and the District Security Committee where they resolved to lift the ban.
Ravi Ramadasan, the General Manager Kinyara Sugar Works told URN shortly after the meeting that they agreed that the out growers resume supplying can to the millers as price negotiations continue.
Cosmas Byaruhanga, the Chairperson Masindi Sugarcane Growers Association, says they agreed to lift the ban due to the high risk involved in losing sugarcane during this dry season.
Godfrey Nyakahuma, the Masindi Resident District Commissioner, who chaired the meeting called upon all the people of Masindi more especially sugarcane out growers to be calm as negotiations between the two parties continue until a final position is reached.
Major General Sam Okiring, the Commandant Masindi Artillery Division who attended the meeting tasked the farmers to observe security during the negotiation, saying security is key for prosperity and development.