Over 2000 farmers of Gem Pacilo Cooperatives, one of the out-growers of Atiak Sugar works in Atiak subcounty, Amuru district, under the Operation Wealth Creation program have been guaranteed market for maize and beans once they uphold good agronomy practices and maintained quality.
OWC’s supplier in northern Uganda, Equator Seeds has intensified its cooperation initiative with farmers in the area known as contract farming, in which farmers are mandated to adhere to good agronomy practices to produce quality yields.
The company has offered to buy all produce of maize and beans at premium market price provided farmers implement the provisions of the agreement.
On Thursday leaders of Gem Pacilo cooperatives got 1000 kg of quality maize seeds and 500kg of beans from Equator Seeds for the coming season.
The Cooperative’s Coordinator, Oceng Osborne said farmers only lacked knowledge but now they are confident to reap better yields from the initiative.
“In the past farmers used to get seeds and keep in the house for months affecting the germination quality. We are now ready to do everything as we have been told, in order to realize bigger benefits,” said Mr. Oceng.
According to Oceng 10kg of maize seeds cover one acre and 30kg of maize seeds also cover an acre. A farmer is averagely expected to harvest 1,000kg of either beans or maize from an acre.
Equators Seeds has agreed to buy each kilogram of maize at Shs 1,500 and beans at Shs 2,500 as signed by its operation manager, Okol Walter. The agreement emphasized that farmers should employed all relevant agronomy practice including post-harvest management.
Meanwhile Oceng said they are encouraging members of the cooperative, which cover four districts of Amuru, Adjumani and Gulu, to plant in large quantity to maximize benefits.