Bukomansimbi Farmers Turn to Vanilla Growing

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In short
The district has predominantly been known for high coffee production, however many farmers are replacing their traditional plantations with vanilla as the best income yielding crop.

 The rising prices of Vanilla are forcing farmers in Bukomansimbi district to reconsider their choice of cash crops from coffee.

The district has predominantly been known for high coffee production, however many farmers are replacing their traditional plantations with vanilla as the best income yielding crop.

Achilles Bulonge, the Butenga Sub County Chief says that many farmers in Kisiita parish have substituted their coffee plantations with vanilla.

Bulonge says that he is encouraging farmers to embrace the crop, given its viability compared to other crops.


Vanilla has gestation period of one and half years and two harvest seasons in a year.

Emmanuel Kyoffa, the chairperson of: "Akwata Enkumbi Kisiita Vanilla Growers Association says they turned to Vanilla growing about three years ago due to the demand and attractive prices.  

"We have actually overgrown the coffee and the soils seem to be tired of it, its high time we changed to another highly profitable crop," Kyoffa says.


Rashid Kakooza, one of the vanilla farmers in Buwenda Parish, reveals that they have already established national and international partnership which will link them to markets at attractive prices.

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Kakooza, however, reveals that they are currently challenged by the growing theft of the crops on plantations as well as limited accessibility of vines, which they buy from Bundibugyo.

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In the late 1990's farmers in the, greater Masaka sub-region were lured into growing of vanilla but some later destroyed the crops over the price fluctuation.