Overwhelmed by losses due to poor weather, farmers in Kamwenge, a leading tea growing district want government to provide them with soft loans to invest in irrigation facilities. The farmers argue that investing in irrigation facilities will help them minimize losses caused by the dry spell.
Herbert Mutebi, a tea farmer in Kagada II Village in Kiyagara Sub-county, says he expected to harvest about 1,000 kilogrammes of tea last season but only got 300 kilogrammes because of the bad weather.
Mutebi calls on government to sensitise farmers through technical people on how they can carry out irrigation and help the farmers acquire soft loans to purchase irrigation equipment.
Currently, Mutebi uses rudimentary methods to water his tea garden, which he says is not enough. Mutebi grows tea on 2.5-acre land. The farmer says he cannot afford a standard irrigation facility because of his low income.
He says it could work better if governm... Read more
Nine projects are funded by NWO-WOTRO to strengthen the Netherlands-CGIAR research partnership on generating insights that contribute to improving seed systems in focus regions within Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa. Specific seed systems addressed are cassava, maize, groundnut, vegetables, cocoa, forage seed, tilapia and chicken, while some projects have a more general focus on improving the functioning and inclusiveness of seed systems and (actors in) markets.
The call on “Seed Systems Development: Enabling and Scaling Genetic Improvement and Propagation Materials” was released by the Netherlands-CGIAR partnership. The nine awarded project consortia consist of Dutch research institutes, CGIAR research centers (through CGIAR research programmes or platforms), and (local) partners from the public and private sector.
Aim of the research projects
The call for proposals was built on the premise that development of the s... Read more
The arrival of 2019 was celebrated with excitement almost everywhere. However, it came with increased prices of food commodities like beef which rose by Shs 2,000 in many towns.
Food prices keep going up, it would seem, every passing year. A number of factors are said to cause the rising food prices, including our unplanned population growth, the country’s rapid urbanization and an expanding class of well off people that consume animal protein foodstuffs.
The Africa Agriculture Status Report (AAS) commissioned in 2017 by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) points out, “Africa’s recent pattern of growth, based on urbanization without industrialization has increased rather than reduced the need for an agricultural transformation.”
More people working in urban centers and others in salaried employment elsewhere are taking up farming as a way of reducing their expenditure on food and earning extra income from selling farm products.
The re... Read more
Farmers growing various vegetables across the country have a tendency of raising seedlings in open nursery beds which according to experts is not a recommended practice.
The same applies to transplanting the seedlings in vegetable farms where farmers control pest and disease infection using pesticides.
The appropriate control measure is using biological agents processed from living organisms to eradicate pests which are also living organisms. As such scientists from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have been training farmers in the districts of Mukono and Wakiso on best practices of how to raise vegetables seedlings in green houses using biological agents.
This has been ongoing since 2015 under a project funded by Austrian Development Agency through IITA in partnership with Volunteer Efforts for Development (VEDCO) and Real Intergraded Pest Management (IPM) suppliers of biological agents.
Seeds of Gold had the opportunity to interact... Read more
Agriculture is fundamental to Uganda’s economy, contributing 26% to GDP and employing about 69% of the population (Deloitte, 2016). Despite its huge potential, Uganda’s agricultural sector remains stifled by a number of challenges. It is still largely traditional, of subsistence and highly dependent on natural conditions such as rainfall and sunshine.
UNCDF, in partnership with the Innovation Village, Mukwano (AK Oils and Fats Ltd), National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Entreprises (NUCAFE), Welthungerhilfe and MTN Uganda are seeking for innovators with a passion for developing sustainable digital solutions that will transform agriculture and improve farmer livelihoods in Uganda.
Applications are open until 5pm on 21st January 2019.
The challenge will see the development of solutions under three categories;
Building a ‘farmer loyalty program’ to enable better support framework to farmers.
Management of agriculture value chain... Read more
The plant grows best when the temperature is from 18 to 38°C and with a dry weather for about a month before harvesting.
Pigeon peas grow in a variety of agro-ecological zones and are well adapted to semi-arid climate conditions. In sub-Saharan Africa it is widely grown in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique for subsistence, domestic and international markets.
As drought become common and dry lands expand due to climate change, pigeon peas will continue becoming important for managing food security and nutritional situation in Africa.
Unlike other legumes, pigeon peas is one of the few crop species that can utilise iron bound efficiently making it capable of producing appreciable yields even under soil PH limiting conditions which are widespread in Sub Sahara Africa.
Pigeon peas are perennial shrub that is commonly grown as an annual crop. It has very slow initial development after planting. With a deep taproot, pigeon peas are able... Read more
As a spin off to the Best Farmer Award, New Vision Media Group organizes the Harvest Money Expo annually. The expo has attracted 20.000 individual visitors per year in the first 2 years and provides good opportunities for the Dutch agribusiness sector. In 2019 the expo will take place from February 14-17. Like every year, there is opportunity for Dutch companies active in Poultry, Horticulture, Dairy, and Agrimachinery to join the Trade Mission and increase business links and trade opportunities with the Ugandan sector.
Uganda’s best farmers put spotlight on NL Agribusiness
The fifth edition of the Best Farmer Competition finished on December 7th with the announcement of this year’s winners. The competition is a cooperation between the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Kampala, KLM, DFCUbank/Rabobank, Koudijs and media house The Vision Group. The popularity of the contest puts... Read more
Before Musa Kiyaga started adding value to his produce, he would make less than Shs800,000 per harvest but now this has increased five-hold, with youth and sports personalities being some of his biggest buyers
Several farmers in Uganda sell unprocessed herbs, which fetch them little money. Because they do not add any value to the plants, more often they get dry, thereby losing importance.
However, Musa Kiyaga of Kyampisi Village, Nazigo Sub – county in Kayunga District has discovered the hidden gold in adding value to plant which has medicinal value.
The 48-year-old, who dropped out of school in Primary Seven due to school fees challenges, is the proprietor of Ssezibwa Herbal Uganda Ltd, a company that makes Nino energy drink from herbs.
He makes the drink from hibiscus flowers, honey and tamarind fruit, among others.
As a school dropout, Kiyaga tried many odd jobs to make a living. He did odd jobs such as washing vehicles in Kampa... Read more
The 2019 SoilCares Community of Practice (CoP) meeting will be held on February 12th in Kampala at the Royal Suites Hotel. This invite-only event will gather stakeholders involved in Soil Fertility and Soil Testing.
A CoP is defined as a group of people who share a common interest in a particular domain or area. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop their businesses. The CoP is meant to be a lively partner network of organizations involved in soil testing and recommendations. During the first CoP meeting the objectives and methods of operation will be discussed.
Soil management is an integral part of land management and may focus on differences in soil types and soil characteristics to define specific interventions that are aimed to enhance the soil quality for the land use selected. Specific soil management practices are needed to protect and conserve the soil resources.... Read more
Growing a high-yielding variety of Carmen F1 cucumber coupled with identifying the target market can earn a farmer up to Shs7m from greenhouse in four months.
Carmen F1 is becoming popular among horticultural farmers for its tolerance to effects of the powdery mildew.
It performs well in greenhouse set ups, giving uniform fruits in size, shape and weight. Wycliffe Obwoge, an agronomist running a greenhouse, says one plant can yield up to 25 kilogrammmes by the end of the growing season of four months.
He is, however, quick to caution that before engaging in this type of production, it is prudent for a farmer to first identify the market.
“A 15m by 8m greenhouse accommodates 300 seedlings. Because of the constant conditions, the production is steady and can be overwhelming. If a farmer does not have ready market it can be challenging. Supermarkets and major hotels and other high-end eateries are big consumers of cucumbers.
How to Grow Cucumber from Seed
Cucumbers are a summer essential... Read more
The milking parlour should be frequently cleaned to remove slurry. Milking and milk storage containers must be made of food-grade materials, preferably aluminium.
Milk is regarded as a complete food because it contains all vitamin and minerals such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates that are essential for maintaining good health. Because of this, it is highly recommended that one takes it regularly, however, in right amounts.
Because milk has all the nutrients and vitamins, it attracts bacteria and germs, which in turn, can be a source of diseases, especially if it is not hygienically handled.
According to Buulu Lugoloobi, the proprietor of Lubus Dairy Farm and information centre in Kayunga District, clean milk production involves measures taken before milking, during the process of milking and post-milking handling of procedures.
“Clean milk production has several stakeholders which include: the health state of the dairy cow, the milker himself, the utensils us... Read more
On the brink of the Holiday Season; we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your excellent engagement in 2018. We greatly appreciate your contributions in helping us cultivate collaborations to make Agribusiness work for Development. We look forward to an impactful 2019!
Farmers can now wipe Fall Armyworms (FAW) from their farms in less than seven days with falltrack system trap by Kenya Biologics Limited, a company that makes bio-insecticides, bio-fungicides, bio-stimulants and crop deficiency correctors. The whole system goes at Sh630 each and can be set at canopy height, 40cm above the ground using strong stick and string.
The system which was introduced for farmers last year in February has seen farmers who have embraced it do away with costs of buying chemicals, spraying equipment and eventually saving time for applying the chemicals as one trap can monitor a whole field.
“We are encouraged by the fact that farmers who have used our system extensively have experience change in their farms as the most trapped worms are the male type, that means there is no multiplication and future generation of FAW in their areas,” said Aaron Muteria, Kenya Biologics agronomist.
“We are encouraging farm... Read more
Please educate me on how to grow hybrid tomatoes on one acre, from seedlings to maturity.
Production: Hybrid is very costly and needs care in handling for maximum profit. Ana F1, Prostar and other kinds of seeds can be found in your local market as advised by the stockist.
Transplanting: The best way is to start from the nursery by raising seedlings (transplants). This will take 28 days to have quality seedlings for the field.
Seed rate and economic returns: Tomatoes need 200-500g/ha depending on spacing. On cost, it depends on the type of hybrid you go for.
Field production: Plants depend on the soil for physical support and anchorage, nutrients and water.
The degree to which the soil adequately provides these three factors depends on topography, type, structure and management.
For tomato production, proper tillage is crucial for adequate soil management and optimal yields. Land preparation should involve enough tillage operations to make the soil suitable for tran... Read more
In order to improve the relevance of agricultural higher education and research for labour markets and for evidence-based policy making on rural transformation in Africa, the regional project Strengthening Higher Education for Agri-Food Transformation in Africa (SHAEA) is being developed.
SHAEA is a proposed regional loan of the World Bank to six African countries for the structural enhancement of agricultural faculties in a set of regional anchor universities. To create mutual benefit and set up sustainable cooperation networks, one of the identified activities to support the development of SHAEA was an inventory of existing institutional relations (academic and professional education, scientific and applied research) between the Netherlands and Africa (in the SHAEA countries in particular). The inventory was commissioned to Nuffic by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.
The World Bank engaged in dialogue with the Regional Universi... Read more
According to Catherine Atai, a seed multiplier at Kakusi-Igola in Serere District, intercropping method helps farmers get rid of the destructive weeds such as the deadly striga and stem borers.
The goal for any farmer, small or large, should be to get the most food out of their available space. One great practice is intercropping. Catherine Atai, a seed multiplier at Kakusi-Igola in Serere District, started looking into alternative cropping systems in 2016.
Today, her two-acre land is intercropped with ground nuts, sorghum, chia seeds and simsim.
Intercropping has boosted Atai’s returns by increasing yield and lowering inputs for weed and disease control. Atai also sees less insect damage in her crops.
Catherine was advised at the National Semi Arid Resource Research Institute (NaSARRI) to try to beat some pests by inter-cropping and it is working wonders. If we can reduce use of insecticides, we would be happy as farmers. When inputs reduc... Read more
One of the milk products that are increasingly becoming visible on the market is yoghurt. When Harriet Atim of Soroti District made her first litre of yogurt in 2010, she was just experimenting on ways to reduce wastage of milk that could not get a buyer due to a nationwide surplus.
For yoghurt lovers and consumers, the product can almost be found in every supermarket and retail shop in different brands and flavours, quantities and prices. This is partly indicative of the growing market for yoghurt.
Yoghurt contains live, active and ‘good’ bacteria that boosts the immune system prevents infections in the stomach.
As other farmers poured their milk, which was going to waste because they could not get buyers, Atim, found ways of ensuring that her 40 litres of milk that middlemen could not buy then did not go to waste.
She started selling the yogurt to students and neighbours and soon discovered that it was a good business.
Eight years later, the busines... Read more
In 2015, all 193 United Nations member countries signed on to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to "create the future we want in 2030."
SDGs & Her is an online competition for women micro-entrepreneurs to showcase how they are supporting the SDGs through their business operations.
Winners will receive leadership training, mentoring and will be flown to Washington DC, for an event at the World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings in April 2019 , where they will showcase their achievements.
To be eligible you must:
be a woman owner of a business that has been in operation for at least 3 years
own a micro-enterprise, with at least 1 and no more than 9 employees
have a loan eligibility of under USD $10,000 or annual sales of under USD $100,000
If you are to grow pineapples, Abel Kabari advises that you carry out a feasibility to find out if they will do well in your area of choice. They do not do well in wetlands or soggy soil.
Kabari did not have to carry out a feasibility study on the four acres of land on which he grows some 80,000 pineapples, in Luwero District.
How he started
His parents mentored him into pineapple farming and gave him land to till. He is one of the main suppliers of pineapple to Sulma Foods Limited, a company based in Luwero which buys the fruit at Shs2,000 from some 500 farmers united under groups of 20 to 30 people.
Sulma Foods, in partnership with Bic Tours Limited, a travel company with specialty in Japanese market, add value to the organic pineapple grown by farmers from Luweero to make dried snacks which they export to Japan. “When we agreed to work together, I sent the first sample to Far East Incorporated Company, a trading company in Japan, and th... Read more
The Global Nutrition Report is the world’s leading report on the state of global nutrition. It is data-led and produced independently each year to cast a light on where progress has been made and to identify where challenges remain. The 2018 Global Nutrition Report shares insights into the current state of global nutrition, highlighting the unacceptably high burden of malnutrition in the world.
Every year, the Global Nutrition Report aims to inspire governments, civil society and private stakeholders to act to end malnutrition in all its forms. It also plays the important role of helping hold stakeholders to account on the commitments they have made towards tackling malnutrition.
The 2018 Global Nutrition Report identifies areas where progress has been made in recent years but argues that it is too slow and too inconsistent. It identifies where major problems still lie – and thus where actions are needed to consolidate progress and fill major ga... Read more