Masindi Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Martin Mugabi, has given Masindi Sugarcane Growers Association Limited (MASGAL) and Kinyara Sugar management one week to sort out their grievances over the sugarcane price for this financial year.
This was during a mediation meeting between the two parties that the RDC called at his office on Tuesday this week to resolve the impasse between the parties.
The meeting came after MASGAL rejected the price of 91,586 shillings for a tonne of sugarcane that Kinyara Sugar announced for this financial year which MASGAL says was reached without consulting them.
On July 1, 2020, Kinyara Sugar Ltd issued a new cane price for the 2020/2021 financial year which would be Shs. 91,586 per ton of sugar cane sold by the out growers. This was a decline from the previous price of Shs 108,200 shillings per tonne in the last Financial Year.
Speaking to the cooperator news a after the closed meeting, RDC Mugabi revealed that during the meeting the parties agreed to continue dialoguing on the matter with the aim of arriving at a mutually agreeable price.
“Another meeting will be held next week during which the two parties are expected to reach a consensus. I however appeal for calm from the farmers as the parties dialogue to ensure peace and prosperity in the area”, said Mugabi.
The chairperson Masindi Sugar cane out Growers Association Limited (MASGAL), Cosmas Byaruhanga, said they are ready to dialogue with Kinyara over the matter.
“The farmers would not have protested the price that Kinyara announced without consulting them if it was on the higher side,” Byaruhanga said.
Here’s our original story on the ongoing feud between Kinyara Sugar Ltd and the Masindi Sugarcane Growers Association Limited (MASGAL) about the cane price.