Wednesday February 17 2016

Kalangala farmers petition UNDP over Bidco


KALANGALA. Farmers in Kalangala District under the Bugala Farmers Association have petitioned the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to investigate an agreement signed between Oil Palm Uganda Limited (OPUL) and Business Call to Action (BCtA) last month.

The companies
OPUL is a subsidiary of Bidco Uganda, which manages oil palm plantations in Kalangala District, while BCtA is a global initiative funded by UNDP to help companies fight poverty through inclusive business models.
In their petition dated January 28, the farmers argue that it was erroneous for BCtA to go into partnership with OPUL.
Last month, BCtA announced it had partnered with Bidco to integrate an additional 30,000 smallholder farmers into it’s agriculture value chain and create 60,000 entrepreneurs and jobs by 2019.

Claims dismissed
However, when contacted, Mr Nelson Basalidde, the general manager Kalangala Oil Palm Growers Trust, a company that links local farmers to the Bidco company disowned the farmers who signed the petition, saying they want to tarnish the name of Oil Palm Uganda Limited and BIDCO Uganda.