Council guard against middlemen who are exploiting the farmers.
by MORIS MUMBERE,
KASESE; Vanilla dealers in the Rwenzori region have hailed the district council for its stand to guard against middlemen who are exploiting the farmers.
The district council sitting yesterday approved an ordinance on vanilla production.
This was after the motion mover who doubles as the district Youth and Secretary for Production, Marketing and Natural Resources, Gideon Sanyu Ntabose told the council that the Kasese district was doing badly in terms of Vanila production because of increasing cases of the cash crop.
Allan Mayanja Nturanke, the Production Manager for ESCO Uganda told press shortly after the motion that he was extremely happy for the gesture of the district by guarding vanilla farmers from thieves and middlemen he said were exploiting farmers.
He was immediately supported by Rwenzori Farmers Cooperative Union limited Director, Jimmy Bagonza Police.
Police said that vanilla farmers have always been forced to harvest immature vanilla beans because they fear thieves who he said were terrorizing the community where the crop was heavily grown.
Annet Mutsangwa, the Female district Councilor for Mahango and Kyalhumbna sub-counties said that the ordinance asked the district commercial office to guard and monitor the activities of vanilla buyers.
Kasese district chairperson, Geoffrey Sibendire Thembo Bigogo sounded a strong warning to thieves saying that their days were numbered.