Sugar manufacturers cry out to parliament over “unfair”competition

By Samuel Ssebuliba

Sugar companies under the Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association have urged parliament to review the Sugar Act to bar embellishment of more than one factory in one location.

Currently the trade committee is working on the sugar bill that seeks to among other things provide for licensing of sugar factories atleast 50 km away from each other.

While appearing before parliament’s committee on trade yesterday, the group led by the association chairman of the Uganda sugar manufacturers Association Jim Kabeho said defiant companies should be fined Shs500 million instead of the current Shs10 million.

Sugar companies have for long complained of unfair competition from small companies that are often set close to them.