Betty Mbazira from Isingiro District has emerged the winner of the 2018 Best Farmer’s Awards, becoming the first woman to win the annual competition since it started five years ago.
After reading her name, she walked to the stage raising her hands in the air in disbelief of what had happened. My story is long but with this victory, the sky is the limit, she said. She was given a plaque and dummy cheque worth sh50m from dfcu Bank.
The 2nd overall winner, Alosious Lubega from Wakiso District and the third overall, Julius Bataamye from Kamuli district were also handed dummy cheques worth sh30m and sh20m, respectively.
The 2018 Best Farmer’ Competition award winners were unveiled on Friday night at colorful ceremony held the New Vision head-offices in Kampala.
The colorful ceremony started at around 6:30pm although the guests began arriving as early as 4:00pm. The awarding stage was decorated with fresh ready to harvest bananas, sugarcane, simsim plants, and maize which created a live farm atmosphere at the gala.
Other prominent farmers who hit the top 10 list of winners from the different regions of Uganda were: Patrick Ssekimpi from Luwero district, Deo Mugisa Bunyangabu District, Shamim Napakol Osekeny Bukedea, Moses Kiptala, Kween District, Vincent Ojok Lira District, Faridah Lutale Arua District and Joice Acan from Gulu District.
According to the project, the 10 winners share sh150m in addition to going for a learning trip to the Netherlands. The amount is divided in a way that sh50m goes to the overall winner, while the 1st and 2nd runners up get sh30m and sh20m, respectively and the remaining seven share equally the remaining sh50m.
The three additional winners in the special value addition category only get an agro study trip to the Netherlands.
Speaking on behalf of the judges, Augustine Mwendya noted that the Best Farmers competition is making significant contribution towards Uganda’s Vision of transforming subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.