By Innocent Atuganyira

MASINDI: Sugarcane farmers in Masindi district are counting losses following the wild fire that burnt their canes on Tuesday.

According to Merekisedeki Kanaginagi Ateenyi, a farmer who’s canes were burnt, they lost over 1,000 acres of sugarcane plantation to the fire.

Merekisedeki stressed that the fire is suspected to have originated from Nanga Village in Mirya sub county. The farmer suspects the fire has been set by either hunters or cattle keepers.

”Since we compete for pasture with cattle keepers, i suspect them to have set the fire,” he suspects.
Azoru Palma, cane farmer from Mirya sub county who lost over 310 acres of sugarcane plantation said the fire originated from the Kinyara Sugarcane Plantation.

”The fire that burnt my sugarcanes was from the field of Kinyara. I have lost a lot of money due to the wild fire,” said Azoru.

Robert Atugonza the Chairperson Masindi Sugarcane Farmers Association Limited (MASGAL) confirmed the incident and disclosed that they have lost over 7 billion shillings during this dry season due to fire outbreaks.


”Measures of containing the fire outbreak like fire control lines have not yielded much fruit since strong wind spread it to other cane plantations,” he asserted.

Atugonza asked the public to desist from setting fire mostly during this dry season.
Ravi Ramalingam the General Manager Kinyara Sugar told ugreports that he is out of Masindi and doesn’t have details of the fire outbreak.

Sugarcane farmers in Masindi district incur losses due to fire outbreak mostly during the dry season.


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