There has been growing evidence that forest land grabbing by both individuals as well as a powerful alliance of international corporations and government officials is one of the major factors currently driving this loss of forest cover.
The government has given Ke-Hong Group 2,500 acres for a multi-billion shilling project involving rice farming, poultry, horticulture, and fish farming, according to agriculture minister Tress Bucyanayandi.
Kehong Uganda has embarked on massive clearing of the wetland to pave way for rice growing, horticulture, poultry and establishment of factories. The firm has also diverted the water, which has been flowing into River Lugogo and Lake Kyoga for use.
The Bugala Farmers Association has called on the UNDP to sever its ties with Bidco Africa, a Kenya-based edible oil producer accused of land-grabbing, human rights violations and environmental disasters in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania
Foreign Affairs Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Tuesday told Parliament that Bangladesh had started ‘contract farming’ in the African countries with appointment of 11 Bangladeshi farmers in Zambia.