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Authorities in Jinja have started implementing the National Agricultural Advisory Services program phase II. The program lays emphasis on marketing, value addition and export promotion.
The program has delighted farmers in the district despite the fact that many of them were caught unaware due to poor sensitization. To avoid passed mistakes under the second phase farmers will directly identify suppliers of farm inputs at an affordable price.
Faith Kamilla, a farmer from Magwa parish who was a victim of poor farm inputs in the first phase of the program has welcome the new strategy. Alpakusadi Kezzala, a farmer from Busedde hopes NAADs II will help them overcome problems of lack of water and electricity.
He says that farmers suffer a lot of loses because of whether changes and need to be educated what to do. But Daniel Muwanga, the chairman Jinja Farmers forum advises farmers to improve the package of their produce if they are to earn more.
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He also explains that farmers will be encouraged to choose similar enterprises for easy marketing. Muwanga says that in the past farmers selected different enterprises which made it difficult to monitor them effectively.
Dr. Paul Kigenyi, Jinja NAADS coordinator says that they will step up supervision in the NAADs II given the increased number of farmers. He says that they will roll out a vigorous sensitization program before the program spreads out.
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Jinja performed poorly in the first phase of the NAADS program. In most cases farmer inputs like seeds, tools and medicine were not provided to the farmers.