Luweero Farmers Stuck With Produce over Power Crisis

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In short
The farmers had been encouraged by Sulma Foods Limited, a private company located at Lwogi village to engage in commercial farming. The company has promised them a ready market for their produce in Middle East.

More than 700 farmers in Luweero district are stuck with produce due to lack of electricity to run a local processing plant.


The farmers had been encouraged by Sulma Foods Limited, a private company located at Lwogi village to engage in commercial farming. The company has promised them a ready market for their produce in Middle East.

From the villages of Bwaziba, Balitta, Lwogi, and Kiwanguzi among others, the farmers intensified production of pineapples, bananas, passion fruits, mangoes and apple banana.
 
However, Emmy Ssemugabi, the LC III chairperson of Luweero Sub County says the company has failed over lack of power to run its processing plants.
 
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Abdul Karim, the director of Sulma Foods Limited says that every day, they need fuel worth 116,000 Shillings to run a generator. He adds that the expense in turn leads to an increment in the price of the final product.


Karim says that because of high fuel costs, the company has suspended fruit processing as well as production of honey and herbs.
 
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Erias Ssekajugo, a farmer at Lwogi village says that they are currently selling their produce at giveaway prices while tonnes of others rot in gardens.

Farmers, local leaders and the company director have appealed to Luweero district and Ministry of Energy to intervene so that they secure the power which is located two kilometers away from the plant.

Luweero District chairman Ronald Ndawula says he has approached Rural Electrification Agency to extend the power to the plant and other trading centers along Luweero-Kikyusa road.
 
 
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In 2009, President Museveni promised to inject one billion Shillings into the establishment of fruit processing plant in Luweero but the pledge is yet to be fulfilled.

 

About the author

Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.