Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 14 January 2019 at 06:21

Raising vegetable seedlings in greenhouses

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

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Organic Farmers' Markets!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 December 2018, 09:00-12:00
  Addis Ababa: 1. Bole Natani Cafe, 2. Behind Bole Medhanialem Church

Two Organic Farmers' Markets on Saturday Morning

The main market location is at Natani Cafe on Bole Road in front of the Millennium Hall. There is a second market location behind Bole Medehanealem church which was started a month ago.

There will be fresh ecological organic vegetables ( Green beans, Beet root, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Potato, Gomen) herbs ( Ethiopian basil,Rue, Rosmary, Kosert) fruit ( avocado) oil crops ( flax / linseed) Legumes ( broad bean) from Holeta. There will be processed oats (from North Shoa ) and cheese from (from Bale) available along the fresh produces.

Organic food is fresher tastes better, lasts longer and nutritious than other vegetables of non EOA ones.  Come and visit us! 

Thanks to the co-organizers, and especially Institute for Sustainable Development.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 December 2018 at 09:38

Nine research projects funded to improve seed systems in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

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 seed sector may

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 November 2018 at 07:54

Irrigation: A game-changer for small-scale farmers:

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.

Weather reliant

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 31 October 2018 at 07:04

Giving backyard farming a jeans look:

Strange and astonishing as it may look, a farmer can put soil in used jeans, irrigate and then yield vegetables and herbs in the comfort of his home. According to entrepreneur scientist Julius Nyanzi, 27, the founder of Prof Bio Research Company, the craze of farming in jeans is fast spreading in urban centres thus eliminating the myth of limited land.

“Most people in township areas claim they don’t have enough land for farming but this jean technology can even be done by a breastfeeding mother in a rented house,” he says.

Nyanzi says any farmer interested in backyard or green house farming can also use toilet paper rolls, align them in a tray form, insert mixed soils and grow leafy vegetables. To Nyanzi, although the city cannot provide for itself, that can change by the way people think of farming.

How it works

“Women have many waste clothes which they can recycle and use in growing vegetables. In a country like Netherlands, green house fa

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 27 September 2018 at 01:55

The HortInvest project in NW Rwanda 

will run for four years and is situated in six areas in the North-West of Rwanda with a focus on production and quality improvement of passion fruit, avocado and vegetables. Different project partners (including SNV, Agriterra, Holland Greentech, IDH and Wageningen University and Research – WUR) are collaborating, with each partner taking a core focus on one component.  

Read more on the website of IDH

Wim Goris a related read is this reflection on avacado consumption in Europe:

3 months 3 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Wim Goris, Thank you for sharing with us. This is a very interesting article!

3 months 3 weeks ago

Nicole Metz Thanks for sharing Wim. I'd like to share that AgriProFocus and Food & Business Knowledge Platform are now developing further knowledge-learning activities on the horticulture (vegetables) sector. Building on earlier work of individual programmes, like those funded by Dutch embassies and/or those implemented by AgriProfocus network members in different African and Asian countries. And building on the earlier work of F&BKP, see here: More news will follow on this platform.

3 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains Uganda
Posted 26 September 2018 at 07:46

Mega returns in Value addition:

Uganda is endowed with a number of traditional vegetables, which are consumed in fresh form. They include cabbage, bitter berries, okra, french beans, sukuma wiki, cowpeas and many others. Vegetables are a major source of vitamins and fibre. However, because vegetables are highly perishable and coupled with lack of storage facilities, farmers sell them quickly before they dry or wither.

In most cases, farmers are paid little as they cannot negotiate for good prices for their produce.

Value addition

Jacob Kato, a vegetable farmer who is a resident of Kyampisi Village, Kayunga District has decided to dry his cowpea commonly known as ggobe to extend his vegetable’s shelf life and earn more.

Ggobe is a traditional vegetable that is a delicacy to many people, especially in northern and eastern Uganda. Kato says initially he could sell his fresh vegetables to traders in Nakasero and Nakawa markets, who used to pay him little money as he was always in a hurry to sel

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 30 August 2018 at 09:04

Global Vegetable supply to dwindle by more than a third!

Climate change and food security is ever becoming a key area of discussion. A recent study by  London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine predicted that global average yields of vegetables and legumes such as soy beans and lentils are predicted to be reduced by 35% and 9% respectively.  What does this mean for the local Zambian horticulture farming communities?

Read the article through this link


Organic Farmers' Market

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 September 2018, 09:00-14:00
  Natani Cafe, Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Cereals, cheese, spices, herbs, greens, veggies, oil, all organic! Outside Natani Cafe's new farm-to-fork restaurant, Bole (across bole road from Millennium Hall). 

(Photo of organic produce from Holeta area farmers organised by ISD at the Organic Farmers Market in July, by Sarah Assefa)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 12:25


A Brief Moment with Mr. Tafach Meaza and Mrs. Shetu Huba

Mr. Tafach Meaza is an organic farmer from Holeta, Goro Kerensa Kebele in Ethiopia. He is currently working as an organic farming facilitator at ISD (Institute for sustainable development). He earned a Bachelor’s degree in computational sciences from Addis Ababa University and used to be a former high school Biology teacher. He grows oranges, cabbages, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, lettuce etcetera. The reason he grows organic products is because it’s healthier than conventionally grown products. Since organic products are fresh, rich in nutrients, and free from chemicals, they can minimize or avoid the risk of cancer and other related diseases as well as can last longer with no preservatives. He suggested that people should consume organic products to lead a healthier and eco-friendly life style. He also mentioned that going organic avoids cost for chemicals and provides better taste for consumers as well as pres

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 08:36

Successful launch of farm-to-plate café and organic farmers’ market in Addis Ababa on July 23, 2018

Celebration of safe, healthy, local, sustainably produced, delicious food!

Natani Café is a family business, named after the child of one of the owners, because she believes that everyone should have access to the same good quality of food as that she would feed to her own child. The café is committed to having connection to the farmers that supply the inputs they cook, so they can know the quality of the food they serve right from the production stage on the farm, and have a win-win relationship with the farmers that supply to them. Natani Café has just been renovated, and is now open for business, continuously serving a new menu of healthy, farm-to-plate offerings.

The farmers’ market taking place right outside the café at the launch celebration featured organic greens, herbs and citrus from Holeta supplied by farmers organized by ISD, organic Cheese from Slow Food, organic

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Polivios Valendis How could we be informed about the dates and time of the coming markets?

5 months 2 weeks ago

Sarah Assefa Hello, We will be posting events here on the AgriProFocus Ethiopia Events page, and I will also take your contacts and share with the organizers, hopefully they will have a list of people they share announcements with in the future. 

5 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in EPE Project - Fruits and Vegetables Component
Posted 18 July 2018 at 06:51

Greenhouse farming changes lives in Oruchinga Refugee settlement:

 It’s the middle of harvest season and Oruchinga Refugee Settlement in Western Uganda is buzzing with activity. A group of refugee farmers are filling a big plastic tub with freshly harvested onions from their green house. Eggplants, peppers and spinach will be harvested soon after.

The vegetables and tub belong to members of Twitezi Imbere group, one of the various greenhouse groups established within the settlement through UNDP’s ‘Climate Resilient Livelihoods Project.’ The project was implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA), as part of efforts to promote climate resilient livelihoods in the settlement where the environment has been heavily degraded by the large number of refugees.

“Just last month, we got a good harvest of cabbages which we sold to restaurants and hotels,” Niyorugira Pascasin, a refugee

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 22 May 2018 at 07:12

The loan that made me a thriving farmer:

When Mable Namubiru took out a bank loan of Shs25m, part of her plan was to go into agriculture. She wanted to supplement her income in the formal job as an environmental assessment officer at National Environment Management Authority (Nema).


With the money, she bought six acres of land in Kapeeka, Semuto, in Luwero District, located about 70 kilometres from Kampala. She planted eucalyptus trees on two and a half acres and a banana plantation on the same land size.

She set up a poultry project and planted vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, green pepper and eggplants on the remaining acre of land. Namubiru has been a farmer for two years and like many corporate employees, she has learnt the hard way. When she started out, she recounts managing her farm projects via the phone. This had its hard lessons, for example employees would call her and peddle lies of sick chicks just to get money from her. She would send mobile money.

She star

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Muhindo Nasani Kahuju True. The same happened on me in my goat farm were  I lost some young one like10 of them in 1 week but since I started attending to my farm, everything is at least now moving on well.

7 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 10 May 2018 at 08:27

Farmer finds millions in courgettes

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.

Apart 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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 24 April 2018 at 02:50

New vegetable seeds at Seed Co Rwanda.

As the African Seed Company that dedicates it's daily work in research to improve farmers livelihood with high yielding varieties in various crops that we sell on the African market. Seed Co Rwanda has new vegetable varieties as shown in the picture below.

Find more updates about Seed Co products here 

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Roland Kayumbu, thanks a lot for sharing with us!Do you also have seeds of pepper?

9 months 5 hours ago

Roland Kayumbu Hi Thacien, yes we do have pepper as well. 

8 months 3 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks Roland Kayumbu, good to hear that!

8 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 March 2018 at 12:51

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Vegetable Field Day!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  06 February 2018, All Day Event
  Mulindi Show Ground, Kigali Rwanda

Prime Seed Co cordially invites you to attend our field day on the 06th of February 2018 at 09:00 hours - 14:00 hours at Mulindi Show Ground, Kigali Rwanda.

At this event we will be displaying some new hybrid varieties and offering technical support to farmers. There will be an open discussion between the participants of the event for the purpose of exchanging ideas.


Organic Farmers Market

Event posted by in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
  25 November 2017, 09:00-14:00
  In the compound of MIGBARE SENAY GENERAL HOSPITAL, near Aduwa Bridge, AA, Ethiopia

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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 October 2017 at 07:41

1.5 acres of assila tomatoes for sell..ready for harvest in two weeks. Whole sell price friendly 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 September 2017 at 08:22

Hello everyone,

I would like to request if someone/institution can share with me data and reports on chilli and vegetables since 2008-17 in Uganda,market trends,fluctuations in price and likely causes,price expectations,challenges faced by farmers and exporters involved,recommendations given,its contribution and other vegetables and fruits to the GDP,...more information please.


CLIVE DREW Main contribution of vegetables and fruits to GDP is local consumption. UBOS Census of Agriculture reports (available online) have useful data. UBOS may also have data on exports of chillies, etc, UEPB may have some data, or maybe HORTEXA (who could also provide additional input on Opportunities and Challenges. There is a diversity of opinions and (mis)information, so try to triangulate any statements that are made by respondents. 

1 year 3 months ago