Saleh Rallies Mbarara Farmers into Cooperatives

In a meeting a held at Kakyeka stadium on Friday, ask the head of the UPDF Operation Wealth Creation programme Gen Salim Saleh advised farmers to start up and join cooperatives so as to boost coffee growing in the south western region.

The meeting was attended by district leaders, find technocrats and coffee growers in south western region to discuss ways of enhancing coffee growing in the area.

Gen. Saleh asked farmers to grow coffee at a larger scale and sustain its production and quality though cooperatives.

Government he said, remedy will be easily reach out to the farmers with support if they are organized in this manner.

At the event, the chairman Banyankole Kweterana Coffee Cooperative Union, Geoffrey Beingana also emphasized farmers’ groupings as the only way to get of the current stagnation.

At the event, concerns were raised at the low survival rate of coffee seedlings supplied to farmers under the OWC program.

It emerged that out of the 12 million seedlings supplied, in western Uganda only 38% survived, 45% in central region, 49% in the north and 42% in eastern Uganda.

The farmers were also cautioned against harvesting poor and unready coffee seeds especially for export.



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