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District leaders appeal on dropping some clauses in the sugar bill

MP for Fort portal Municipality, Alex Ruhunda

A section  of district leaders  of the sugar growing districts want some of the clauses in the proposed sugar bill dropped because they are anti-business especially to the farmers.

Clause 22 of the sugar bill proposes that the zoning of sugar growing in a radius of 25 kilometers which they describe as detrimental and restrictive to the farmers as it encourages monopoly to the millers.

Districts leaders from Masindi, Hoima, Kamuli, Mayuge, and Buikwe urged parliament’s committee on Trade to strike out the clause and give the farmers an opportunity work with a miller of their choice.

Meanwhile the Committee Chairperson Alex Ruhunda indicated that the problems affecting the farmers and district leaders were more prominent in Masindi and Hoima and needed to be addressed holistically.

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