Agriculture ministry gives away 135 square miles of gov’t land

Agriculture ministry gives away 135 square miles of gov't land
On May 24th, 2018, the State Minister for Agriculture Joy Kabatsi put together a list of 19 people and Companies earmarked to benefit from the land and sent it to the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry is in the process of allocating more than 135 square miles of land belonging to government farms and Ranches to individuals and private companies. The affected include Ruhengyere, Nshaara, Aswa, Lusenke and Marunzi Ranches as well as Entebbe Livestock Experimental Station.

The move is in response to a directive by President Yoweri Museveni to allocate the land to 20 individuals and companies with capacity to breed long horned Ankole cattle to be leased with land, cattle fattening and other investments involved in Livestock farming. The president’s directive is gazetted as number PO14 of June 9th 2017.

He issued the directive on grounds that the Long Horned Ankole Cattle was an endangered species despite its advantages like withstanding harsh conditions and quality of meat. According to a reliable source in the Ministry of Agriculture, the president directed that only those already involved in farming the Long Horned Ankole Cattle at a large scale should benefit from the land.

On May 24th, 2018, the State Minister for Agriculture Joy Kabatsi put together a list of 19 people and Companies earmarked to benefit from the land and sent it to the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

“The purpose of this communication is to forward to you the consolidated list of farmers and investors for the land leasing process as directed by H.E the President. Kindly go ahead and lease the land to these enlisted in accordance with land leasing and with technical support from the Uganda Land Commission,” reads the letter that this publication has seen.

On August 9th, 2018, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Pius Wakabi Kasaija wrote letters of No Objection. In the letters, Wakabi indicates that the beneficiaries have made formal applications and project proposals for utilising the land.

He also noted that the lease will be for five years extendable to 49 years upon fulfillment of the project proposals and also that the land shall only be used for breeding of the Ankole Long Horned cattle. The biggest chunk of the land has been given to Palm Oil Project. Palm Oil Project is recommended and has been cleared to receive 43 Square Miles of land at Maruzi Ranch in Apac District.

Iranian firm, Pars Agriculture Holding Company has also been cleared to receive 15 Square Miles of land from Aswa Government Ranch in Pader District. When contacted, Kabatsi confirmed the process was ongoing. She however, said only four people who were fronted by the President himself have received the land so far.

Initially, Museveni had recommended that 10 square miles of land at Nshaara Ranch in Kiruhura be given to Barnabas Tinkamanyire Nuwamanya. While Ankole Long Horned Cattle breeders Association be allocated 2 square Miles at the same Ranch, Eric Rutagirwa 2square Miles while M/S Gravity investment Ltd be allocated 12Square Mile at the Aswa Ranch and Mechanisex Agro Ug Ltd be given 5 Square Miles at Nshaara.

The list of beneficiaries is as follows;

1. Elsewedy Electric         Entebbe Livestock Experimental Station          25 Acres
2. MS Gravity Investment Ltd                         Aswa Ranch                        12Sq. Miles
3. Emmanuel Kamihingo                                  Nshaara Ranch                   2Sq. Miles
4. Barnabas Tinkamanyire                               Nshaara Ranch                 10Sq. Miles
5. Eric Rutahingwa                                            Nshaara Ranch                    2Sq. Miles
6. Ankole Long horned Cattle Breeders        Nshaara Ranch                   2Sq. Miles
7.Amos Dairies                                                  Nshaara Ranch                    2Sq. Miles
8. Ji xia. Ji                                                          Nshaara Ranch                    5Sq. Miles
9.NAGRC&DB                                                   Nshaara Ranch                    2Sq. Miles
10. Palm Oil Project                                         Marunzi Ranch                    43Sq. Miles
11. NARO                                                            Marunzi Ranch                      7Sq. Miles
12.NAGRC&DB                                                 Marunzi Ranch                       8Sq. Miles
13. Palm Oil out growers                                 Marunzi Ranch                      6Sq. Miles
14. M/S Brentec for Livestoc Vaccine          NARO-Nakyesesa                    25 Acres
15. M/S Sasini                                                   Lusenke                                    300 Acres
16.  M/S Sasini                                                  Njeru Farm                               5 Acres
17.Dr Ahamed Alitigan (UAE)                       Ruhengyere                           2Sq. Miles
18. Abbacipolteum (Sudan)                            Ruhengyere                             2Sq. Miles
19. Pars Agric Holding Co. (Iran)                 Aswa Ranch                          15 Sq. Miles
20. Mechanised Agro Ug Ltd                          Nshaara Ranch                    5Sq. Miles

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