Category: Agriculture

Sironko Tomatoe Farmers decry low prices

Jane Nadunga a tomato farmer in Butandiga Sub County says because of a bumper harvest, the price of tomatoes has drastically gone down.

Nadunga says they are struggling to raise money to look after their families and pay fees for children at school.

Sandra Gimono a tomato vendor at Nalugugu roadside market says they are currently buying a basin of tomatoes between 2,000 to 3,000 shillings from farmers. Gimono says just last month, basin of tomatoes was buying between 40,000 to 50,000 shillings. She says in the market a basin costs between 4,000 to 5,000 shillings compared to a month back when it went for 60,000 shillings.

The traders’ secretary at Nalugugu market Musa Wamanga wants government to put up tomato processing plants in Sironko District so that farmers have ready market for their produce.

Godfrey Masaba the Sironko District Operation Wealth Creation Officer says they will forward the proposal to government authorities since Sironko is one of the biggest tomatoes growing Districts in Bugisu Sub region.

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Government To Survey Wetlands In Mbale.

By Weswa Ronnie  

The government of Uganda under the ministry of environment and natural resources is planning to survey all wetlands in Mbale district.

speaking to our reporter in an exclusive interview, Paul Mafabi the national coordinator of natural wetland management revealed that they are aiming at protecting wetlands because people are currently using them to carry out illegal activities like brick making, farming among others.

the targeted wetlands in Mbale that are to be surveyed are Manafwa wetland located in Busiu Sub County, Namatala wetland in Namabasa Sub County and Nagerima wetland in Nakoloke Sub County.

Charles Wakube the Mbale district environmental officer adds that the exercise starts at Nagerima wetland before the end of September.

He also said that they will first engage Local leaders like LCs and landowners at those wetlands before the survey works.

Ogajjo Baraza the resident district commissioner of Mbale district urged locals to embrace the program confirming that they remain owners of the land.

He also said that the purpose of this survey exercise is to identify the number of wetlands and regulate illegal users which may lead them extinction in the coming few years yet they help to cool the environment, filter water and they are homes of world animals among other uses.

Baraza also said that after the survey, landowners will be advised to use their wetlands in legal activities like fish farming rather than growing crops like rice, sugar canes among others which are none profitable and destroy the wetland.

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Farmers Urged to Embrace Proper Coffee Management Practices.

By: Egonda Emmanuel Anelka

A demonstration garden at the coffee show

An exhibition aimed at improving the quality of coffee in Elgon region was held yesterday in Buginyanya Sub County, Bulambuli District with a call on better coffee management practices by farmers.

The exhibition was held at Buginyanya Primary School and organized by Cafe Africa, a secretariat to the national coffee steering committee which is chaired by Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA).  The Exhibition was held under the theme: ‘Renovate and Rehabilitate your Coffee, Every Tree Counts.’

Moses Mugume an official with Cafe Africa says the exhibitions dubbed ‘Coffee Shows’ bring together stakeholders in the coffee sector with the aim of creating awareness on the proper coffee management practises. Mugume says the coffee shows are held in all the coffee growing regions in Uganda and they target 30 Districts.

Mike Maliro the UCDA Regional Manager says that once farmers acquire skills in better coffee management, there will be increased productivity which will boost their income at household level.

Sarah Wekomba the Bulambuli District Woman Member of Parliament who was chief guest at the coffee show urged farmers to embrace good coffee practices with the knowledge they have acquired.

MP Sarah Wekomba Inspecting the demonstration gardens

Michael Wandeba Sirikye a coffee farmer from Masira Sub County who attended the coffee show is optimistic that his yields will go up once they practise the knowledge they have attained.

Bulambuli Residents who attended the Coffee show
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Microchips For Bulambuli Cattle.

Bulambuli district has been battling cattle thefts by suspected Karamojongs rustlers who enter the district through Sebei region. The cattle thefts have intensified since last year leaving livestock farmers in tears. 

This has prompted district authorities to advise farmers to brand their animals and install them with microchips for easy tracking in case of thefts.

John Wanade, the Bulambuli District Commercial Officer, says although the military detaches at Kata bordering Bunambutye and Kapchorwa district has helped to curtail the thefts, they need a permanent solution. He says the use of the microchips will help them eliminate animal thefts since they will be able to track their whereabouts.

Peter Paack Pax, the Bulambuli Resident District Commissioner, says branding the animals with micro-chips will make tracking easy.  According to Pax, the council has already approved the move to brand cattle in the district.  

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MCU: Election dates for Mbale societies Confirmed.

Registra of Cooperative societies have confirmed Election dates in 15 primary societies affiliated to Masaba Cooperative Union(MCU).

Mr. Joseph William Kitandwe the registra of Cooperative societies under the Ministry of trade and industry confirmed in the notice addressed to all members Secretary managers of the 15 primary societies affiliated to MCU in Mbale district.

In the letter seen by Elgon fm, Kitandwe invites all member of MCU for a special general meetings from 22rd to 26th of July 2019 at respective society headquarters and among the items on the agenda is election of committee members.

The 15 primary societies affiliated to MCU in Mbale are Bunambutye, Bumasikye, Namawanga, Matsemo, Sangilila, Rhamba Shifubi, Aisa, Namataala, Makhai, Masikye, Kyesemulila, Shitoto, Lwangoli, Lima-Mushili, and Khatwelatwela growers Cooperative society.

Sub regulation 21(4) of the Cooperative societies regulations of 1992 provides for special general meeting at primary level to streamline the leadership question.

Moses Wambogo the aspirant for Chairman board MCU acknowledged the receipt of the the road map applauding the registra of cooperatives for quick reaction to their demands for special general meetings.

Wambogo says farmers are ready to entrust their committed colleagues in the struggle to save the union.

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Bubyangu Farmers Trained On Coffee Management

Coffee farmers in Bubyangu Sub County in Mbale district have successfully finished a three weeks training in coffee rehabilitation.

Simon Mutambo the agricultural officer of Bubyangu Sub County says that they trained coffee farmers on how to dry and store coffee in a clean place to improve on the quality such that they can attract good prices.

He also said that the current low price of coffee has come as a result of poor handling of coffee right from picking in the garden to middle men due to its  low  quality  making it to be bought  cheaply.

Mutambo also said that farmers were given skills and knowledge on how to pick coffee berry, how to wash after formatting, drying them on a mat in a clean place among others

Abudu Busito the LCIII chairperson of Bubyangu Sub County also urged farmers to put in practise the skills they have acquired such that they can improve on coffee quality in Bugisu sub region.

He also confirmed that after the training they donated items like CAN fertilizer and chemicals to coffee farmers as a sub county.

Muzamilu Wazama one of the farmers who benefited from the training expressed his happiness and says that this is going to help them to improve on coffee quality after improving on hygiene during drying as trained.

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Sironko coffee farmers asked to embrace “Original” farming methods.

Coffee farmers in sironko have been advised to desist from using modern farming methods which are affecting coffee production. Speaking during the meeting organized by Sironko District agricultural department in Budadiri recently, Sironko District Member of Parliament Nambozo Florence Mayoga urged coffee farmers to reconsider original coffee farming methods for timely production.

Nambozo said farmers need to grow coffee that will entice the coffee market adding that farmers need to preserve coffee seeds before planting.

Nambozo also encouraged coffee farmers, especially those with old plantations to consider pruning for better yields explaining that due to the unique terrain of Elgon region, farmers should consider farming methods like mulching, digging trenches among others.

The district agricultural department of sironko headed by Ms. Janet Nafuye welcomed the advise from the MP and tasked themselves to live the advise saying it will improve on productivity if implemented

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Sironko MP Wants Government to Set Up Demonstration Farms per Sub County

Florence Nambozo Mayoga the Sironko District Woman Member of Parliament wants government to set up demonstration farms at Sub County level.

Nambozo says if demonstration farms are set up at Sub County levels, it will be easy for farmers to acquire expert training from Sub County extension workers on better methods of farming. She says many farmers lack knowledge on good farming practises which affects their productivity.

Janet Nafiye the agricultural officer for Sironko District welcomes the proposal by MP Nambozo saying the limited funds allocated to the agriculture department cannot enable the opening of such farms at Sub County level.

Nafiye says there is one demonstration farm in the entire District at Mutufu government prison. 

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Manafwa DHO Seeks Ban on Hand Shaking to Avert Possible Ebola Outbreak.

Doctor Gideon Wamasebu the Manafwa District Health Officer wants a ban on hand shaking as one way of averting a possible outbreak of Ebola.

Wamasebu says the public should instead wave to each other so as to avoid direct contact.

He has also urged the public to report cases of people bleeding from all parts of the body and fever among others for appropriate action by medical personnel

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Bumasilkye sub-county gets 10m fundraising boost

More than 10 million shillings was on Saturday raised at a fundraising aimed at completing Bumasikye Sub County Offices in Muwanda village, Mbale District.

The Sub County authorities have been operating in a rented structure which belongs to a cooperative society. The structure’s roof was recently blown away by rains that pounded the area. This called for completion of new Sub County offices hence the need for the fundraising.

Speaking at the fundraising, Trade Minister State Minister Werikhe also the Bungokho South MP underscored the need for leaders at various levels to put their energies in lobbying for services for the people they represent. Werikhe said that many leaders often engage in politicking at the wrong time. He said this leaves many people languishing in abject poverty.

Dennis Washirekho the Bumasikye Sub County LCIII Chairperson said they have completion of the Sub County offices will save them from rent fees they have been incurring on a monthly basis.

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