The Sugar Act 2020

The Sugar Act 2020 was passed in Parliament without inclusion of zoning. Lack of zoning continues to create chaos in the sugar industry with a vicious circle of under and over cane supply to the millers and food insecurity in the region leading to poverty and nutritional deprivation. Government implementation of the policy would ensure proper planning and commitments from both the millers and farmers. However, this lack of planning is detrimental to both the farmers and the country’s sugar industry at large. Despite passing the Sugar ACT 2020, the government has not included it in the budget. The sugar board is still not in place.

Government’s failure to implement the Zoning Policy has greatly contributed to the disorganization in the sugar industry which is evident with the current excess supply of cane in Busoga region. Government implementation of the policy would ensure proper planning and commitments from both the Millers and farmers. However, this lack of planning is detrimental to both the farmers and the country’s sugar industry at large. There is need for effective supervision by URA required to ensure a level playing field amongst all sugar manufacturers. The Sugar Act 2020 was passed in Parliament without inclusion of zoning. Lack of zoning continues to create chaos in the sugar industry with a vicious circle of under and over cane supply to the millers and food insecurity in the region leading to poverty and nutritional deprivation. Government implementation of the policy would ensure proper planning and commitments from both the millers and farmers. However, this lack of planning is detrimental to both the farmers and the country’s sugar industry at large. Despite passing the Sugar ACT 2020, the government has not included it in the budget. The sugar board is still not in place.

Unplanned/Uncoordinated Supply of Sugarcane:The prevalent excess of sugarcane from farmers poses a future risk of shortage of cane in the near future. Farmers have continued to plant and harvest cane without understanding the consumption capacity (throughput) of the factories. This is due to lack of regulation by the government in the primary supply chain.

Food shortages: Non- implementation of the Sugar Mill zoning Policy has initially resulted in poaching of cane, crushing below capacity, harvesting & crushing immature cane with low yields and recoveries as well as high cane prices. The high cane prices resulted in many farmers abundoning other crops in favour of cane farming with busoga region leading to food insecurity and current excess supply of cane. The viscious cycle of no cane-high prices and more cane-low prices has to be addressed by the Sugar Act including zoning of millers.