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    Mukono Sugarcane Farmers Halt Sales to SCOUL Over Drastic Price Drop

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    Mukono Sugarcane Farmers Halt Sales to SCOUL Over Drastic Price Drop
    • June 26, 2024 • 27 days ago
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    The sugarcane farmers of Mukono, under the Mukono Sugarcane Outgrowers' Cooperative Society Limited, have announced a halt in the sale of their sugarcane, citing unfair pricing by Sugar Corporation Of Uganda Limited (SCOUL)

    The farmers, who have been supplying sugarcane to Sugar Corporation Of Uganda Limited for years, argue that the current price of 14 shillings per ton is unsustainable compared to the previous rate of 26 shillings per ton. This decision marks a significant move in their ongoing struggle for fair compensation and highlights broader issues within the sugarcane industry.

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    The Mukono Sugarcane Outgrowers' Cooperative Society Limited, which represents hundreds of smallholder farmers in Mukono, has been vocal about the need for fair pricing to ensure the sustainability of their livelihoods.

    The price fell from 26 shillings per ton to 14 shillings per ton. The sugarcane farmers in Mukono say it is unfair and that they cannot make a profit, at these rates. This price drop is driving many farmers into financial distress.

    The sharp decline in sugarcane prices has had severe economic implications for farmers in Mukono. The cost of inputs such as fertilizers, labor, and transportation remains high, and the lower income from sugarcane sales has made it increasingly challenging to sustain thei usual business operations.

    In response to the unfair pricing, the cooperative has decided to stop selling sugarcane to the companies until their demands for better prices are met. This collective action aims to pressure the sugar companies to reconsider their pricing strategies and offer rates that reflect the true value of the farmers' efforts and investments.

    The farmers’ decision to stop sales is a very bold move that emphasizes their desperation and determination to secure better terms. It also raises questions about the sustainability of the sugar industry in Mukono if fair pricing is not established.

    The situation in Mukono highlights bigger challenges within the sugarcane industry in Uganda.

    The government's role in addressing these issues is important. These sugarcane farmers are calling for interventions to ensure fair pricing and support for smallholder farmers. Policy changes, subsidies, and improved market regulation are some of the measures being advocated.

    As the Mukono Sugarcane Outgrowers' Cooperative Society Limited continues its stand against unfair pricing, the outcome of their protest will be closely watched. Their collective action highlights the need for fair and sustainable practices in the sugarcane production. The resolution of this issue will have great implications for the livelihoods of farmers and the future of sugarcane farming in Uganda.

    The farmers remain hopeful that their decision will lead to positive changes and that they will soon receive fair compensation for their hard work. In the meantime, they are preparing for the challenges ahead and are determined to fight for their rights.

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