Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries Vincent Ssempijja has credited the private sector for its contribution towards the development of the country especially oil palm growing on Buvuma Island.
He made these remarks while launching the oil palm growing on Buvuma island which he believes has greatly been facilitated by the private sector.
Vincent Ssempijja further said the extension to the island shall help bring the small scale farmers out of poverty on one hand while it will help reduce on the country’s import bill on the other hand as he said;
“The private sector is playing a critical role in the development of our country with the extension of oil palm growing to Buvuma. Through this extension, smallholder farmers on this island will be able to get themselves out of poverty while at the same time reducing the country’s import bill.”
The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries project has been named The National Oil Palm Project and is to be funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
The 7,500 hectares project shall have 5,000 hectares meant for nuclear estate meant to be managed by Buvuma Oil Palm Limited which shall combine the private sector, government and farmers while the remaining 2,500 hectares is directed to the farmers.
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Additionally, Vincent Ssempijja cautioned the farmers not to fully utilize the land for palm oil growing but reserve some for growing food as he said;
“Ensure that you grow food on the land that the project hasn’t acquired so that you have food as you wait for the time to harvest oil palm.”