Maize farmers oppose government’s intervention on low prices

Farmers in Bukomansimbi district have opposed the government intervention of buying maize grains at 500 Shillings per kilogramme, as a way of saving farmers from low market prices. The objection comes days after the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Hon. Vincent Ssempijja and Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, announced government plans to buy at least 500,000 metric tons of maize from farmers at 500 Shillings a kilogram, to cushion them against losses as process dwindle. The maize price has fallen to as low as…

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Fall Armyworm disease devastates several maize and sorhghum gardens in Rubanda

Fall Armyworm disease has attacked and devastated several gardens of maize and sorghum in Bufundi Sub County, Rubanda District an, leaving farmers in fear of famine and financial hurdles in the area. The affected farmers who include Jackson Katungwensi and Mercy Twinobusingye, residents of Mugyera parish say that though some of them tried to spray using pesticides, the worm has remained resistant. They are calling for quick intervention from Government in providing strong and effective pesticides. The Rubanda District Agricultural Officer, Daniel Nabaasa, says that the district production department recently…

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Farmers in Rubanda and Kabale decry increase of fake agro-inputs on the market

Farmers in Rubanda and Kabale district have decried the increase in fake agro-inputs on the market. The farmers say that they have fallen victims of unscrupulous traders who deal in counterfeit farm-inputs including seeds, fertilizers, vet-drugs and agro-chemicals. Charles Bitwire, a farmer in Ikumba Sub County Rubanda district says that last year, he decide to undertake Maize growing, but ended up with very poor yields, because of the poor seeds he bought from agro-input dealers. Robert Byamukama, a potato farmer from Kamuganguzi Sub County in Kabale district, he has sprayed…

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