oa East African Geographical Review - The production of sugar cane by outgrowers in East Mengo - Uganda
The majority of sugar produced in Uganda is from private estates of which the largest are the Mehta Group estate at Lugazi in East Mengo district and the Madhvani Group at Kakira near Jinja in Busoga district. Both concerns have a large estate and a factory for refining sugar. Whilst there are other estates on a smaller scale, Lugazi and Kakira are unique in the development of a large number of outgrowers associated with the factory. Farmers around the estate have seen the advantage of sugar as a cash crop or have been encouraged to grow sugar!, which they have transported and sold at the factory gate. Outgrowing of this nature is not confined to sugar as it is very common in the production of tea in western Uganda. In addition, the Government plans to introduce the system in northern Uganda with a project to grow 24,000 acres of sugar at Kinyala in Bunyoro district, of which 11,000 acres will be produced by outgrowers.
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