AgriProFocus Uganda

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

Few of the challenges humanity faces are as urgent and complex as food security. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population, an unparalleled, worldwide effort is required. Members of the AgriProFocus Network are dedicated to meeting this challenge in collaboration. By working together, learning from each other and unitedly pushing for change.

AgriProFocus brings together businesses, civil society, knowledge institutes and governments working towards food security. United in diversity, our members share the conviction that business and development are not mutually exclusive. This is why innovative 'agripreneurs' are at the heart of our strategy. AgriProFocus supports them in finding new, sustainable ways of doing business. Exchanging perspectives and expecting the unexpected. To accomplish more in a culture of collaboration. For people, planet and profit.

Navigating the network, AgriProFocus staff helps members find the right partners and the right information. Around specific questions, issues and opportunities. Rooted in the Netherlands, AgriProFocus is active in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Stretching from sprawling cities to remote, rural areas. Offering unique exchanges across cultures and disciplines. Cultivating collaboration.

A dedicated team (see Who to Contact) supports the network and is ready to connect you to 25,000 entrepreneurial people from the agribusiness sector worldwide.We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted yesterday at 09:29

Uganda largely depends on agriculture for food and cash for our livelihood but standardization and tracebility of the  agricultural product is still  lacking affecting competitive marketing of our products.This can be harmonized by certification (Fairtrade, UTZ, Rainforest and ISO certification).I can provide free training services to interested organization in those areas and how to comply and compete for available global market.

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains Uganda
Posted 19 October 2018 at 07:04

Insurance: Security against natural hazards:

For 45 years, all Mirabu Kasiime has known is farming. She grew up in an agricultural family and apart from providing food, even the money for the family’s daily needs were earned from their small inter-cropped garden. Until last year, Kasiime, a resident of Kyagaju Village in Sheema District, never knew that insuring her banana plantation made any sense at all.

Yet, the number of farmers guarding against natural hazards has started to increase since government rolled out premium subsidies under the Uganda Agriculture Insurance Scheme (UAIS). According to figures from the Uganda Insurers Association (UIA) the number of farmers accessing subsidies from government has increased from 30,000 to 40,000 farmers – a marked interest in the services.

Government introduced the scheme offering a premium subsidy to hedge farmers against agriculture risks/natural disasters such as floods, drought or fires.

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The 45-year-old Kasiime, a prima

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 19 October 2018 at 06:24

Farmers urged to invest in the walking tractor: 

For most farmers, working with tractors is the desirable way to till large chunks of land in order to earn sizeable profit. But the cost of tractors holds back the dreams of such small-holder farmers.

Joseph Nsereko, a groundnut and maize farmer in Kiryandongo District, who acquired a two-wheel walking tractor in 2017 says the multi-purpose hand pushed machine which can do the work of 10 able-bodied men, is the new hope. It is called a walking tractor because the person operating it has to walk behind it.

Before he bought the tractor in 2017, Nsereko says, he used to hire farm labourers each at Shs7,000 per day to till his land. This was accompanied by feeding costs as they went about their work. All this changed when he visited a friend’s farm in Luweero.

I realised I could save for farm input and invest in other farm activities. When I do not operate the tractor myself, I hire a labourer. I only buy fuel and the farm is ready

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Posted 18 October 2018 at 08:12

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EuroTier 2018

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  13 November 2018 - 09:00 to 16 November 2018 - 18:00
  Hanover, Germany

Visit our stand at EuroTier, the world's leading trade fair for animal production. EuroTier provides a comprehensive overview of innovative technology, services and genetics for modern animal husbandry. It will further focus on farm inputs especially for livestock farmers, i.e. relevant equipment and technology – such as milking machines, cooling tanks and related equipment.

Meet Agripoort in Hall 13 stand B24 (Rind: Melk- und Kühltechnik)



Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 18 October 2018 at 09:22

Rethinking fertilizer management practices

Northern Uganda, which has vast tracts of uncultivated land and where most of the population are subsistence farmers, has traditionally lagged behind other regions when it comes to fertilizer use.

According to findings released by NU-TEC market development programme, Uganda has the lowest fertilizer use in the East African region yet northern Uganda, which has been through the tribulations of the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency, is adapting slowly.

Collins Apuoyo, the team leader of NU-TEC programme, explains that the current size of fertilizer market in northern Uganda is 6,083 metric tonnes annually although it is estimated to grow by 50 per cent over the next five years.

Out of this, 92 per cent of the fertilizers is consumed by contract farming schemes and commercial farmers.

Apuoyo says that challenges abound on fertiliser use and yet the scope is limited to mainly maize and rice farmers, a thing he admits can be changed through sensitisation.

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Posted By in EPE Project - Fruits and Vegetables Component
Posted 17 October 2018 at 02:03

Uganda Tea stakeholders' attend learning exchange visit:

Tea is Uganda’s third most important agricultural export earner after coffee and fish. It is one of the commodities selected for the government strategic intervention programme for National Development aiming at promoting production, processing, marketing and export of strategic commodities in the agricultural sector. Tea has contributed approximately 3.6% of Uganda’s export earnings over the last five years and is recognized to be with higher potentials to contribute more to national income, employment and environment conservation. 

Despite the good performance and its socio-economic importance, the tea sub-sector is replete with many challenges along the entire value chain. Key among the many include the lack of a comprehensive national tea policy, low research funding, poor quality of planting materials, inferior clones, low quality of tea green leaf hence poor quality of processed tea, low operational capacities of some

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 October 2018 at 10:24

I am currently doing research on how best I can start a commercial urban poultry farm. I am more interested in keeping layers under the battery cage system as this is more plausible in the urban setting where land is so scarce a recourse. In my research, resource minimization is highly enveloped and I want to have the layer cages locally fabricated. Could anyone know of a place, person who I can contract to do this for me?

Jimmy Awuzu Angubo Please contact Staunch Machinery in Kampala on +256701500000

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Pineapple planting materials (suckers)

Pineapple Enterprise

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1. Did you know that Uganda has the most tasty pineapple fruit in the entire world?

2. As such, its market position is supreme in the region and on the international market!

3. Did you know that it’s one of the easiest fruit to produce; with limited input requirements?

4. Are you aware that the profit margins are unmatched with majority of other locally produced fruits?

Please contact us for planting materials and other advisory services. For those without land, feel free, we shall get you affordable fertile land for hiring (Tel:0789777188/0701527454 Email:greenfirmafrica@gmail.com)



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Posted 17 October 2018 at 09:36

Soil Test Kit and Soil Moisture meter

Farm Smart, Know your soil

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Fertile soils guarantee a good harvest; however to sustain this, you need to keep replenishing the soils with appropriate plant nutrients in their required type and amount. You can only achieve this with proper easy to use equipments like mobile soil test kits, pH and moisture meters etc. Come and buy all these from our shop Farmers Centre Building-Nakivubo rd.| Email: greenfirmafrica@gmail.com|Tel: +256 789 777 188/782 527 454



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Posted 17 October 2018 at 09:29

Grain Moisture Meter

Are you in grain business (bean, rice, gnuts, maize etc). Please don't lose business due to extreme moisture content. Equip your self with easy to read digital moisture meter TK100S. Find us at our shop along Nakivubo rd , Farmers Center Building shop B01 or call us on 0789777188/0708376143



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Posted 17 October 2018 at 09:21

Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 17 October 2018 at 08:50

Tea prices continue to drop: 

Farm-gate tea prices, especially in the districts of Bushenyi, Mitooma, Sheema, Rubirizi and Buhweju have been falling in the last three months, leaving farmers to count losses.

The farmers most of whom are shareholders of Igara Growers Tea Factory which has over 7,000 members, indicate that prices for the green leaf tea has been falling, from Shs600 in August to Shs550 in September and then Shs470 this month.

Speaking at a farmers meeting in Nyakashaka Trading Centre, Buhweju District, farmers said the cost of production continues to skyrocket against low returns.

“Tea growing is a business, some of us operate on bank loans and when prices fall in this way it means banks will take our property we tendered as security,” said Mr Mujurizi,a tea farmer but also district councilor in Buhweju.

Former Buhweju MP Ephraim Biraro said despite having a company that should keep farmers informed on what is happening in the market, they only dictate to them with prices.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 October 2018 at 06:44

Extra! Extra! Read all about the AgriProFocus Uganda network updates:

Curious to know what programmes AgriProFocus Uganda have facilitated in the last two months? Read our bi-monthly newsletter which includes a number of highlights in #InclusiveAgribusiness #Gender in Value chains stories as well as plans for the next quota.

Our #newsletter is out! 

Read it here https://mailchi.mp/agriprofocus/uganda-network-updates

Happy Reading!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 October 2018 at 06:53

Celebrating World Food Day:

The Uganda edition of the World Food Day is organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.

This year, the celebrations will take place at the Nabuin Agricultural Research and Development Institute.

The theme for this year is: “A Zero Hunger World by 2030 is Possible.”

World Food Day (WFD) was established by the member countries of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) in November 1979, at the organization’s 20th General Conference. Dr. Pal Romany, the Hungarian Delegation led by the then Minister of Hungary for Agriculture and Food, played a significant role at the 20th General Conference of the FAO and proposed the idea of launching the WFD worldwide. Since then, the WFD is been observed in more than 150 countries every year; raising consciousness and knowledge of the problems and reasons behind hunger and poverty.

Why World Food Day is Celebrated

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 15 October 2018 at 08:56

Share your idea on World Food Day live from anywhere via Skype or FaceTime live broadcast on www.i4nature.world 

For more information ; WWW.I4NATURE.WORLD

Daniel Mechale world food day should have celebrated by creating food access with youth.

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MUBARAK INUWA When a day is set aside,to deliberate on food production globally, it is indeed a time to describe on the modern food sustainability and security.The poor nations of the world, are the ones who suffer the scourge of hunger and starvation perhaps due to lack of required quantities of food and nutrition productions.Green revolution policies are always being urged to be adopted in order to produce HYV.To supplement the unfertilized soil food production.Also, livestock productions, there is a great need for the industrialised nations to embark on research work to come with improved variety of animal husbandry.

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 15 October 2018 at 07:43

How a WhatsApp group is demystifying goat marketing:

The Goaters Network was opened on March 17, 2015. It was soon inundated by frustrated goat farmers. From the onset, group conversations tended to lean more towards the fact that they were being terribly cheated by traders.

The group had been created by Jacqueline Tugume, an exasperated goat farmer herself. She was looking to connect with other farmers, in the hope of sharing ideas and helping each other solve the common problems, among which was better goat prices.

Tugume had been running a goat farm since 2007. As a stay-home mother, the goat farm was all she had as her personal source of income. But the middlemen had frustrated her without end for years. When she created the group, she was pleasantly surprised to find that all the other goat farmers were looking for ways of cutting off the middlemen.

For months, the conversation raged on. No one knew what to do. Members cried that no matter where you took your goats for sale, you were always boxed

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 14 October 2018 at 04:55

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Specifically we handle :-coorperative governance and management,talent acquisition and training,resource mobilisation,project mapping , feasibility studies,market linkages, certification training and documentation,techinical support in Agronomy and other business development services.

Kindly contact us for as any agribusiness related service.

Tell:-+256782256630/ +256773717619/+256773429642

Benson Mwikirize Interested in commercial Agriculture financing 

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MPAATA FREDRICK Brian, I'm interested in the tractor hire services and am excited to see that you have a pilot in Karamoja. Please reach out to me on 0774441570/0753166137 or fmpaata@mercycoprs.org for a detailed discussion.

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Tractor Hire/ Ploughing Services

We offer ploughing and tractor hire services to farmer in Uganda. We have brand new tractors and experienced drivers.



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Posted 14 October 2018 at 02:25

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Posted 13 October 2018 at 09:06

Am interested in venturing into poultry-Layers keeping but i have limited knowledge on how to start. I seek for advice from any member who's into this business and also if there are other social media platforms like Whatsupp groups of Layers farmers so that i can join. Thanks

Marion Alyek Dear Isaac,Please review this post that was shared on how to start poultry - layer keeping: https://agriprofocus.com/post/5b3ce41126b72a098a2fbd9f You can also use the search bar and search for poultry. Take time to review all the articles below it and you will learn something new. This is what i was able to find: https://agriprofocus.com/search?keyword=poultry+

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cliff richard kikawa (PhD) Mrs Alyek, thank you so much for your sites. I am really finding them very helpful and already in touch with the probable suppliers for chicken cages.

6 days 21 hours ago

Asiba Isaac Thanks Marion, Iam getting deeper into this 

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Posted 12 October 2018 at 09:36

Red creole onion in blooming harvests:

Perfect for salads and sandwiches! Red Creole Onion (Allium cepa) is a brilliant red short day type — best grown in the highlands and low lands of Uganda— with medium sized flattened bulbs. The flavor is pleasantly pungent and not too sweet. A good keeper! (110 days) Approx.4 months.

Onions can be grown in a wide range of climatic conditions; they are quite hardy and can tolerate temperatures as low as -6⁰c. However, good bulb formation requires temperatures from 15.5⁰c with an optimum temperature of 21- 27⁰c.

Soil Requirements

• Onions do best in well drained soils that are at least 650mm deep, shallow soil may be utilised, but with adoptions in management practices.

• Ensuring a PH range of 6.02 – 6.8. Lower PH levels can result in problems in regard to micronutrient uptake.

Seedbed Preparation

• On well-drained soil, prepare a fine and even seedbed.

• It is advisable to use seedling trays to ensure that little or

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