The Deputy Governor Bank of Uganda Louis Kasekende has advised Ugandan farmers to adopt contract farming system which he says can easily help them to get connected to agricultural produce buyers.
Kasekende said farmers are not accessing the market for their produce because they are not connected to bulky buyers such as brewing companies, seed companies among others that need agricultural produces as raw material.
“Farmers need to embrace contract farming if they are to access market both internally and regionally. Farmers will be forced to transform from peasantry to commercial farming because they are sure of the market,” Kasekende said.
Kasekende made the remarks during the Agriculture Financing for African Agriculture Master Class Conference organized by Uganda Agribusiness Alliance in collaboration with other agencies such as Uganda Bankers Association and African Union at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
Contract farming can be defined as agricultural p... Read more
As the rains continue to rage this season, early planters have already started harvesting some of their vegetables – quick growing crops, including cabbages, a popular vegetable in Uganda and around the world. Though still relatively low in supply as Betty Namuyaba, a vendor in Kibuye market notes, the supply is bound to increase and subsequently a fall in prices as we get further into the rainy season.
In major markets like Kibuye and Nakasero, truckloads of cabbage are all over the place during the wee hours of the morning and late evening making delivery.
In a couple supermarkets and stalls around the city, big freshly looking cabbages are on display but more specifically shelving red cabbages which are not as common in the major markets. Their prices are also significantly different.
At St Balikuddembe (formerly Owino) market, a few lorries with sacks of cabbages are packed by the roadside as well as heaps of it poured in a collection with other vegeta... Read more
Farming life is a contrast. Under the scorching mid-morning sun, Yahaya Muteguya of Bufutuula village, Namunsale Parish, Iganga District, continuously wipes away the sweat as he irrigates his tomatoes. From what seems a bumper harvest, the ripening tomatoes have turned the garden red. The garden measures about one acre.
It is at the extreme end of the garden, where Muteguya is operating a solar-powered irrigation pump, which is placed near a water pond. Life seems easier!
Placed on top of the blue pump, is a solar panel, which generates the power that runs the pump. He says the manually dug deep pond provides water throughout the year.
From the four sprinkler nozzles spread out in the garden, water splashes out to irrigate Muteguya’s tomato garden.
Surprisingly, nearby, his healthy vegetable garden, is a withering potato garden decimated by the long drought. The wasted potato garden belongs to his neighbour.
“If you compa... Read more
Bitter berries, commonly known as katunkuma was regularly eaten as the main sauce in a practice that still exists today in some homes. However, some people eat it as a side dish because of its health benefits, among them being an immune booster for children and the elderly, who are prone to diseases.
Nonetheless, given its perishability coupled with lack of storage facilities, Jacob Kato a farmer in Kyampisi village, Kayunga Sub-county, Kayunga District, has discovered that drying the vegetable using solar driers lengthens its shelf life while maintaining its nutritional value.
Kato says he learnt about the solar drying technique from fellow farmers in the district, who were carrying out fruit drying. They were using solar driers to dry pineapples, pawpaws, jack fruit and apple bananas.
Kato owns a company called JK Plantations, under which he carries out his work. He carries out farming activities on a four-acre piece of land of whi... Read more
Romaine lettuce is a tasty, popular type of lettuce. Romaine grows in tall heads of sturdy leaves and is very heat tolerant. It gets its name from the Romans, who likely imported it from either Greece or (more likely) Arabia. It is the primary lettuce used in Caesar salads and is popular in many dishes in Middle Eastern cuisine.
Nutritionally, Romaine has all of the benefits of most green, leafy foods. It is full of antioxidants as well as trace minerals and fiber.
Growing Conditions for Romaine Lettuce
Romaine requires 65-70 days to mature from seed. Although heat tolerant, Romaine grows best in cooler climes and prefers moisture rich, well-drained soil. Giving the plants plenty of water and good soil will speed growing. The faster Romaine grows, the crisper the leaves.
How to Plant Romaine Lettuce
Romaine grows well in nearly all types of gardens if given enough sunlight and good soil. Romaine can be grown in pots, started indoors from seeds, or sown directl... Read more
It could be a while until Uganda gets to sell its own tea to other countries from within. A recent stakeholder engagement with the Uganda Exports Promotion Board (UEPB) under the theme, ‘Export opportunities and Competitiveness’ revealed that 70 per cent of tea is sold through an auction market.
According to the Uganda Tea Association, the country exports more than 60,000 tonnes of tea through the Mombasa Tea Auction. In March, UEPB revealed that it was crafting a plan to see Uganda market its own market directly.
Inscribed in Uganda’s second National Development Plan is a strategy to boost production of tea where linkages to direct markets is highlighted. A plan to launch an auction market that is envisaged to create more opportunities for farmers to market their produce at competitive prices was hatched.
However, this dream could take longer to realize. According to Mr Othieno Odoi, the senior planner in-charge of trade and t... Read more
Bee keeping and honey production have the potential to unlock the resurgent economy if only policy makers give it the attention it deserves, industry value chain players and a team of researchers have said.
Despite the large economic potential for the country’s organic honey, it is still difficult to produce and market the nutritious commodity both within and beyond the borders.
As a result, the contribution of honey to the economy has not generated the kind of buzz that commodities such as coffee, tea and tobacco has produced.
Research by researchers from Ghent University estimates that Uganda currently harvests only one per cent of a potential 500,000 tonnes of honey per year. Despite being only one of five countries in sub-Saharan Africa licensed to export honey to the European Union, Uganda has failed to meet home-grown demands for honey, and export to this potential market.
According to the executive director of Uganda National Apiculture D... Read more
Passion fruit juice is made almost in every home. In most cases, it is made for domestic consumption. However, production of passion fruit juice is business to some people. Among those making and selling passion fruit juice is Zayina Mubiru.
The 30-year-old, who is a farmer and resident of Kayunga Town in Kayunga District, has been doing this business for seven years now. She owns two acres of passion fruit. Mubiru says previously, she used to harvest her ripe fruits and sell them to both traders and middlemen from Kampala, Mukono and Jinja Towns.
I do not sell all my passion fruits anymore, I use some to make various products such as juice which is very profitable, she tells Seeds of Gold at her farm in Kayunga District. Using proceeds from her venture, Mubiru started a retail shop in Kayunga Town.
It was during her time running her shop that she later learnt that passion fruit juice was on demand. “I was growing the fruits so I deci... Read more
Beetroot is a very easy to grow root vegetable that suffers from minimum pests and diseases infection. The trick to growing the best beetroot is a nice loose, fertile soil with plenty of well-rotted organic matter.
Agriculture experts working at Starke Ayres Seed Company are encouraging farmers across the country to grow beetroot due to its health benefit William Kimeto, the marketing and product developer at the seed company explains that they have sensitised farmers in the districts of Kabale and Bulambuli in Eastern Uganda to grow the plant.
Beetroot are packaged in 50 grammes costing Shs 80,000. Kimeto emphasized the importance of farmers growing beetroot on commercial basis. Below are the excerpts about the best agronomy practice.
Where and when to grow the plant
• The ideal soil is medium to light which hasn’t been recently been fertilized with manure, this can cause distorted roots.
• The soil should be neutral or slightly alkaline (P... Read more
Agro seed dealers have appealed to government to train and employ more cereal inspectors to ensure all commodities are inspected and certified before they are sold or distributed to farmers. According to the dealers, strong inspection mechanisms would ensure farmers’ access to affordable quality seed and planting materials that guarantee high yields and minimize farm losses.
Reacting to the African Seed Access Index 2017 report at Golden Tulip Hotel in Kampala, members of the Uganda Seed Trade Association (USTA) demanded that government trains more inspectors to strengthen supervision. They said it would reduce on the large volumes of fake seeds on the market and ensure traders adhere to standards.
Patrick Banage, executive director Seed Company Limited pointed out Container Village, a center in downtown Kampala known for selling agricultural inputs where dealers have continued to sell hybrid seeds after the recommended expiry p... Read more
After he completed his agricultural training course from Bukalasa Agricultural College Luwero in 2007, Micheal Kalumamba, 29, dived straight into farming, and started off by growing a variety of crops such as maize, sorghum, beans and potatoes. However, after two seasons of toiling, Kalumamba wasn’t impressed one bit with the income he got after selling his harvest, because of the low prices his produce fetched in spite of the fact that they had a long gestation period.
“I would sell for example potatoes and beans to nearby markets and get about Shs 300,000 profits a season. This frustrated me and I thought of other crops to grow,” he said.
In 2011, Kalumamba decided to switch to tomatoes after he discovered that their demand had gone up. In fact, he specifically opted to grow ‘Assila’ because it is a type that has a lower gestation period—of only three months and with a long shelf-life sinc... Read more
For long, scores of communities in districts of Lango and Acholi sub region have had to feel the pinch and stench of rotting mangoes due to lack of market accessibility. The heavy harvest of the mangoes during the peak seasons has for long been seen as a waste to the farmers.
However, this seems to be coming to an end, as more farmers will be equipped with skills in value addition and development, record keeping and savings by sky foods and beverages limited.
According to Amos Nyanga, the managing Director of sky foods and beverages, a fruit processing plant in Ojwina division Lira district, this second training is aimed at boosting fruit yields and also improves livelihoods. The first training that was conducted in the same areas, attracted over 500 fruit farmers under their joint co-operative society and these benefited as they acquired skills in book keeping, value addition and others.
Each season, mangos worth sh280m are pur... Read more
SNV's Rinus shares his thoughts on why dairy may soon replace coffee and tea as the lead export in Uganda.
The dairy sector is slowly inching its way into Uganda’s top exports, next to coffee and tea. The pull of the exporters is largely responsible for this transformation. In the last 10 years, the value of milk and milk products exported from Uganda has increased astronomically from $5 million USD in 2008 to 130 million USD in 2017. Dairy exports in 2017 amounted to approximately 300 million litres, which is more than 10% of the total milk produced in Uganda; currently estimated at 2.5 billion litres per annum.
The dairy sector is currently growing at an average of 7% per annum, with some areas in South Western Uganda averaging at 10 – 15% per year. The growth in the sector can be attributed to favourable natural conditions as well as dairy development programmes instituted by government and development partners.
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Horticulture sector stakeholders should embrace international standards and ensure quality along the value chain to boost exports into European markets, experts have said. The Dutch and UK experts added that Rwanda can only be able to increase its exports to Europe if farmers and exporters ensure quality along value chain and also add value to horticulture produce.
In addition, there is need to increase the sector’s production capacity so as to ensure sustainable supply to meet this growing demand in Europe, said Dolar Amarshi Popat, the UK’s trade envoy to Rwanda and Uganda.
Popat, who was speaking during the horticulture connect summit in Kigali yesterday, added that more investors from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands were interested in investing more resources toward the development of Rwanda’s and regional horticulture sector.
“The investors are being driven by Rwanda’s horticulture potential and the ea... Read more
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Organic tomatoes, honey, coffee, oils, cheese, fruits and more! This is the second gathering of this new farmers' market organized by Ecopia. Among sellers are Slow Food and AgriProFocus Member Alem of Nutri-Dense with her sprouted cereals. Flyer attached.
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