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Parliament has come in to end several years of clashes between Sugar producing giants Kakira Sugar Works and Mayuge Sugar Industries in Eastern Uganda.

The two companies have since 2005 feuded over among others land ownership and control of sugarcane out growers.

The Parliamentary Tourism Trade and Industry Committee in a recently released report into the feud, sickness http://crossfitnaples.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/seo-tools.php recommended tough action against  Mayuge Sugar industries including cancellation of their license, this site http://cebudoctorsuniversity.edu/events/pasko-sa-cdu-2012.php if they remain unwilling to adhere to national laws and policies.

The country’s leading sugars manufacturers Kakira accuse Mayuge Sugar Company of encroaching on their land by setting up a factory within a radius of 10 km from Kakira, which violates the Sugar Policy.

The National Sugar policy stipulates that sugar factories should be located in a radius of at least 25Km from each other.

On top of this, they claim that Mayuge Company is expanding deep into their territory without creating their own sugarcane growing field hence encroaching on Kakira sugarcane growers space.

Kakira tried several times to drag Mayuge Sugar industries to courts of law without success, as the latter  claim that they set up their factory in 2005, long before the Sugar Policy was enacted.

Parliament last year moved to resolve the matter following a directive from President Yoweri Museveni that a quick remedy should be found for the escalating misunderstanding before it gravitated into a major threat to sugar production.

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Kakira also accuses their counterparts of stealing their sugarcane farmers by paying them more for each ton of sugarcane.

Kakira reports that out growers who used to supply them have shifted allegiance to Mayuge Sugar industries because it pays them Sh 33,000 per ton of sugarcane which is higher than  Kakira’s. This, they say, had forced them to produce below capacity.

After visiting the two factories and holding talks with company bosses, the Committee has directed that Mayuge Sugar Industries adheres to the Sugar Policy by setting up the minimum 2000 acres as required of each new sugar factory.

The MPs also directed Ministry of Trade to take over the role of issuing licenses to sugar companies, from Uganda Investment Authority, and to immediately deregister Mayuge Sugar Company if it insists on snatching farmers aided by Kakira Sugar Works.

“Kakira has invested a lot of money in aiding out-growers by teaching them modern sugarcane growing and harvesting practices and giving them inputs,” observed the Committee Members in the report seen by Chimpreports.

“Much as Mayuge Sugar Farmers pays a higher price for the sugarcane, the services provided by Kakira including hospitals, schools, electricity, scholar (CSR) exceed the 83,000.”

Kakira was also advised to sign binding agreements with their out-growers so that they don’t sell their sugarcane to Mayuge.
Parliament has come in to end several years of clashes between Sugar producing giants Kakira Sugar Works and Mayuge Sugar Industries in Eastern Uganda.

The two companies have since 2005 feuded over among others land ownership and control of sugarcane out growers.

The Parliamentary Tourism Trade and Industry Committee in a recently released report into the feud, diagnosis http://consolibyte.com/wp-includes/canonical.php recommended tough action against  Mayuge Sugar industries including cancellation of their license, malady http://ciencialili.org/libraries/joomla/environment/browser.php if they remain unwilling to adhere to national laws and policies.

The country’s leading sugars manufacturers Kakira accuse Mayuge Sugar Company of encroaching on their land by setting up a factory within a radius of 10 km from Kakira, diagnosis which violates the Sugar Policy.

The National Sugar policy stipulates that sugar factories should be located in a radius of at least 25Km from each other.

On top of this, they claim that Mayuge Company is expanding deep into their territory without creating their own sugarcane growing field hence encroaching on Kakira sugarcane growers space.

Kakira tried several times to drag Mayuge Sugar industries to courts of law without success, as the latter  claim that they set up their factory in 2005, long before the Sugar Policy was enacted.

Parliament last year moved to resolve the matter following a directive from President Yoweri Museveni that a quick remedy should be found for the escalating misunderstanding before it gravitated into a major threat to sugar production.

Kakira also accuses their counterparts of stealing their sugarcane farmers by paying them more for each ton of sugarcane.

Kakira reports that out growers who used to supply them have shifted allegiance to Mayuge Sugar industries because it pays them Sh 33,000 per ton of sugarcane which is higher than  Kakira’s. This, they say, had forced them to produce below capacity.

After visiting the two factories and holding talks with company bosses, the Committee has directed that Mayuge Sugar Industries adheres to the Sugar Policy by setting up the minimum 2000 acres as required of each new sugar factory.

The MPs also directed Ministry of Trade to take over the role of issuing licenses to sugar companies, from Uganda Investment Authority, and to immediately deregister Mayuge Sugar Company if it insists on snatching farmers aided by Kakira Sugar Works.

“Kakira has invested a lot of money in aiding out-growers by teaching them modern sugarcane growing and harvesting practices and giving them inputs,” observed the Committee Members in the report seen by Chimpreports.

“Much as Mayuge Sugar Farmers pays a higher price for the sugarcane, the services provided by Kakira including hospitals, schools, electricity, scholar (CSR) exceed the 83,000.”

Kakira was also advised to sign binding agreements with their out-growers so that they don’t sell their sugarcane to Mayuge.
Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) has Monday started this year’s recruitment exercise of 3, website http://danielborda.net/wp-admin/includes/dashboard.php 000 foot soldiers to expand and consolidate national security and that of the region.

The exercise according to Army Spokesperson Col Paddy Ankunda will run from 12th to 26th this month.

“We would like to recruit only, http://collegeofchaplains.com/components/com_k2/views/latest/view.html.php and only Ugandan citizens, between 18 and 25 years, medically fit, and with  minimum of an O’ Level certificate,” said Ankunda while addressing journalists at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala recently.

Those with interest were advised to come with letters of introduction from the LC1 Chairperson, LC II and LC III, as well as Gombolola Internal Security Officers [GISOs].

The recruitment, Ankunda said, is being arranged on quota basis, based on the population size of each district in the country.

After the exercise, the recruits will undergo the standard nine months training which the army spokesperson believes is adequate enough to prepare them for combat.

The army last year came under fire from parliament, with concerns of irregularities that allegedly marred the 2013 recruitment exercise.

The army was accused of unfairly leaving out many people who turned up, on suck grounds as incomplete dental formula, ill health, and forgery.

Ankunda however stressed that only those in good health will be taken up for the task of protecting the nation.

“We want people who are capable of this service. We have had cases of people lying to us about their age and education qualifications, but we are very careful and we will be able to discern them.

At the end of this exercise, the army will commence a fresh recruitment of professional medical staff, which will include lab attendants, nurses and doctors.

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