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Uganda’s Oil Palm Sector Yields Outcomes

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James Lutaya is a profitable Ugandan oil palm tree grower in Busanga village, in Kalangala district. He planted 55 acres of oil palm, 30 of which he divided between his 9 kids and his spouse. From the proceeds of his 25 acres, he has been capable of construct a everlasting home, purchase a car and take his kids to highschool.

Beforehand a espresso grower, Lutaya says no crop yields higher earnings than oil palm.

“Farmers who comply with finest practices are making good cash out of this crop,” he says.

From his 25 acres, he harvests between three and 5 tonnes each 10 days, which brings in about $3,500 a month on the present value that Oil Palm Uganda Ltd (OPUL) is paying for uncooked palm seed.

Uganda has achieved substitution of practically 9 % of its annual vegetable oil imports and lifted hundreds of smallholder farmers out of poverty, a decade and half after launching oil palm rising within the island district of Kalangala. Some 1,850 smallholder growers are incomes common incomes from the sale of oil palm seed to OPUL, a three way partnership between Kenya-based Bidco Oil and international palm oil behemoth Wilmar Worldwide, the federal government’s personal sector associate.

After registering success in Kalangala, the federal government now desires to copy the undertaking in different poverty-stricken communities within the Lake Victoria Basin. In line with Connie Magomu Masaba, co-ordinator of the Nationwide Oil Palm Challenge, there are plans to develop new plantations in Buvuma, the place 900 hectares of a deliberate 5,000ha plantation has been planted since January. Different areas are Mayuge, higher Masaka and Sango Bay in southern Uganda.