Masindi sugarcane growers stay proposal to transform association into cooperative union

Masindi Sugarcane Growers Association Limited (MASGAL) Board Chairman, Cosmas Byaruhanga. (Photo: Moses Andama)

Masindi Sugarcane Farmers Council has resolved to stay the proposal they reached at to transform Masindi Sugarcane Growers Association Limited (MASGAL) into a cooperative union.

Three years ago, the farmers proposed that MASGAL be turned into a cooperative union to enable them benefit a lot more financially from their organisation.

During their meeting held at Kabango COU primary school in Kabango town council, Masindi district, council said the proposal should be halted to allow further consultations on the matter.

The decision followed a communication from the MASGAL Board Chairman, Cosmas Byaruhanga, informing the council that government has advised that the association should be turned into a cooperative union so that they can get more benefits from the government like shares as it is the case with Kinyara Sugar Works.

However, majority council members suggested that the proposal should be halted so that they can first consult the technocrats.

Mr Melchizedek Kanaginagi Ateenyi, the chairman Northern Sugarcane Zone, suggested that the resolution on the matter be communicated to government in writing given that it is three years now since the proposal was made.

Another member welcomed the transformation of the association into a cooperative union but called for more technical guidance as well as farmer sensitisation campaigns.


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