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 200 Shillings a kilogram in several parts of the country. However, farmers are protesting that even the government’s proposed price of 500 Shillings is too little compared to the cost of inputs, labor and cost of living.

The Kigangazzi Local Council One Chairperson Basena Ssemaganda wants the purchase price doubled to at least 1000 shillings per kilogram.

Farmers who include; George Kabuyet and Francis Ssentongo blamed the government for failing to set minimum prices for local produce, exposing farmers to exploitation by middlemen.

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