Farmers from the sub counties of Kiboga district have called upon stake holders including Government to work on their infrastructure like roads, assist them to acquire value addition machines for value addition as well sensitizing them on better farming methods so they can benefit as their colleagues from regions of the country.
The farmers also expressed concern over the price fluctuation of agricultural produce which they say has often forced them into devastating losses.
Kakooba Geoffrey a resident Muwanga Village in Bukomero sub county says farmers like him investing huge sums of money in pesticides but often fail to recover the money spent in farming due to unstable prices
Eliphazi Wabwire one of the leaders of farmers in Lwamata pointed out that the main challenge facing farmers in his area is lack of exposure as well as failure to adopt modern farming methods
“Most farmers prefer growing food for their personal consumption which has made it hard for them to earn a living from this economic activity.”
Ssewakiryanga Joseph dealer in farm supplies applauded SASAKATAWA and its partners for having introduced to them Easy Agric application which helped them to have access to dealers of pesticides and herbicide in the city even during the lockdown when movement was restricted.
“With this app I have been able to save some money for transport which has helped me to reduce on price for the items
Nabiryo Oliver a program officer from SASAKAWA African Association one of the organizations working with farmers in this area revealed that according to their survey some of the farmers have started adopting value addition on their produce through embracing the use of machines.
” For example we asked them why should some body sell maize at a very lower price and then buy expensive posho made out of the produce he sold at a giveaway price.”
Farmers in Kiboga district have cassava, Sweet potatoes, maize, bananas and onions at a large scale.