Farmers Join Groups to Boost Production

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Peter Musinguzi, the Monitoring and Evaluation officer Kabarole district Farmers Association, says the association is advocating for group efforts, since individual farmers cant afford to buy equipment such as tractors and irrigation machines.

Farmers in Kabarole district have formed groups to boost food production. Following the collapse of cooperatives, farmers saw the need to work in groups to boost their production and income.
 
The farmers work collectively to find market for their produce such as maize, coffee, rice and bananas. The groups have also purchased chunks of land, where they collectively plant and harvest their produce.
 
 One such group is Rwimi Rice Farmer's Group in Rwimi Sub County. The group was formed last year and is comprised of 400 members.
 
It helps members to access market for their produce.  Moses Barungi, a member of the group says that in the past, individual farmers were facing challenges like price instability, food insecurity and market linkage. Barungi explains that following the creation of the group, farmers now sell their produce collectively and at a higher price, adding that they are sure of getting Shillings 20 million at the end of the month.
  
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In Busoro Sub County, maize farmers took advantage of the high demand for the product and formed a group of 500 members. Rachael Baguma, the chairperson, Busoro Maize Farmer's Association explains that farmers are no longer cheated as it was in the past when they were selling individually.
 
Baguma says through the high maize sales, the group has managed to purchase a tractor, which they hire out and secure loans from banks to purchase agricultural inputs and a maize milling machine to increase production. She adds that they have also embarked on a process to register as a cooperative enterprise. 
 
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Peter Musinguzi, the Monitoring and Evaluation officer Kabarole district Farmer's Association, says the association is advocating for group efforts, since individual farmers can't afford to buy equipment such as tractors and irrigation machines.
 
 

 
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Farmers have often urged the government to revive cooperative unions, which were in the past, the lifeline of farmers in the country.  In the Rwenzori region, some of the prominent cooperatives were Bwamba Cooperative Union in Bundibugyo district for cocoa farmers and Kabarole Cooperative Union for coffee.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.