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Plantations and the Politics of Sugar in Uganda

Ahluwalia, Pal (1995) Plantations and the Politics of Sugar in Uganda. Fountain Publishers, Kampala, Uganda. ISBN 9789970020577

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The development of the sugar industry in Uganda is examined. The sugar industry in Uganda has been concentrated in very large plantations of approximately 8 000 ha each. It emerged in the 1920s and was developed along the lines of a plantation system by Asians at a time when the state was promoting peasant production. Idi Amin's regime in the 1970s banned migrant labour and expelled the Asians, the main source of capital for the sugar industry. The impact of these policy decisions was profound. The sugar schemes suffered greatly from a lack of resources, both capital and human, and estates became run down. Uganda became a net importer of sugar. Although the post-Amin regimes have continued with rehabilitation efforts, the sugar industry has remained fraught with difficulties, principally as a result of the inability of the original owners to secure funding for the rehabilitation process. Continuing and increasing political instability has resulted in the retardation of the rehabilitation process, demonstrating the final dependence of the plantation sector on the state and state support.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Office of the VC
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2022 22:45
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2022 22:45

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