Farmers in Kabarole district want government to set aside money that will be used to purchase agricultural tools to farmers in the 2011/2012 national budget. The farmers say that agricultural in puts suchs as tractors will help boost their production.
Kabarole district is famous for the production of rice and maize especially in the sub counties of Rwimi, Buheesi, Kisomoro, Hakibale and Kasenda. Statistics at the district production department indicate that 70% of the farmers are engaged in maize and rice growing.
Dan Asiimwe, a farmer in Buheesi Sub County says that since he started growing maize, he has been using a hand hoe on his two acres of land and as a result, he only produces maize for his subsistence and sells very little.
Asiimwe says that in 2011/2012 financial year, the government should consider providing tractors to each sub county for farmers. He says that at times, he is forced to pay huge amounts of money to hire a tractor to cultivate his maize fields.
Asiimwe says that if the tractors are provided, he and other farmers can harvest large quantities which can be sold in markets inside and outside the district.
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Faith Bamuturaki, a farmer in Rwimi Sub County has five acres of rice but spends over 200,000 shillings hiring workers to cultivate the rice fields. She says that if tractors were available she would not be spending huge sums of money.
Bamuturaki, who is also a dairy farmer, says that government should also reduce or abolish taxes on acaricides, which are used in the treatment of cattle. She says that during the dry weather, she can’t afford to purchase the acaricides because the cattle are producing small quantities of milk because the pasture is dry.
Charles Mwesige, a farmer in Kijumbi parish, Karambi Sub County says that in the budget, priority should be given to rehabilitation of roads in rural areas to enable farmers accesses the markets.
Mwesige says that during the rainy season, the roads, which lead to his banana plantations, are in a poor state and at times he fails to sell his produce. He says that the district local government should also increase the budget allocation for the construction of the rural roads.