Joseph Magami is an urban farmer based in Kawempe, a Kampala suburb. For over three years, Magami has been planting egg plant and Nakati in his quarter acre plot for home consumption. However, the introduction of Magami to Zucchini (Courgette) eight months ago is changing fortunes for the father of three. He currently reaps over Ush 5million per harvest from his plot thanks to the adoption of Zucchini, a high value crop.
Magami is among a group of innovative farmers in Uganda who are fast adopting the cultivation of courgettes as the demand for the high value crop soars thanks to the fast rising middle class. According to Magami, the only challenge to farmers is exposure to the high value crops that are on demand.
... Read moreApart from market challenges that every farmer grapples with, most of us are not enlightened to better high yielding crops and therefore labour with the traditional maize and beans which at the end fetch so little in the market because they are
Since his days as a marketing executive on radio, he has gone on to become the country sales manager of Harris International, establishing his own media agency, Felma before he quit the high paying job to become a member of parliament and now a farmer. Busujju county Member of Parliament, David Lukyamuzi Kalwanga, is a definition of a hustler.
He is no longer worried about when the rains will fall. Farming in Uganda is so much dependent on the weather but being creative is what matters now the 39-year-old, said
Unpredictable rains are now the norm in most parts of Uganda including the central region that used to be wet most of the year. Most maize farmers are enduring the pain of the army worm attack while coffee is wilting yet other crops do not get enough rain to give a substantial yield.
Lukyamuzi has beaten all this by farming oranges and guavas which can thrive in such dicey weather conditions.
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Promoting Agribusiness Investment, Networking and Trade (PAINT)
PAINT aims to bring together local, regional and international agribusinesses to build long term sustainable business relationships.
The initiative shall support the growth of the agribusiness sector by linking investable and profitable agribusinesses in the sectors of horticulture, coffee, oilseed, dairy & livestock to financing , technology, knowledge and markets.
1. To connect prequalified agribusinesses to financing
2. To link buyers to suppliers of inputs (commodities, equipment and services)
3. To link investors to investable businesses and opportunities
4. To facilitate transfer of knowledge and technology among businesses
ActivitiesWe are currently receiving application from interested businesses in the sectors mentioned above who wish to participate in the trade and investment matchmaking event that will take place on 5th & 6th October 2... Read more