NAADS Boss: Maize Surplus A Blessing to Farmers

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Dr. Samuel Mugasi the Executive Director of National Agriculture Advisory Services says that farmers should look at the over production as blessing because there is no food insecurity in country which would plunge families in hunger.

The Executive Director of National Agriculture Advisory Services- NAADS, Dr Samuel Mugasi says that farmers should celebrate the current maize surplus rather than cry over low prices.

According to NAADS secretariat projections,at least four million metric tons of maize are expected to be harvested in 2018.

Due to the surplus of maize on the market, the price has dropped to 200 shillings per kilogram in villages leaving farmers frustrated. 

Dr. Mugasi says that farmers should look at the over production as blessing because there is no food insecurity  in country which would plunge families in hunger.

He however noted  government was working with the private sector to look for better prices.

Mugasi  however noted that there are facing a problem of looking for market for maize because the bulk of it in country is not of good quality recommended in other countries.

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Moses Ssenfuma the LC 3 Chairman of Kapeeka Sub county in Nakaseke district says that they mobilized farmers to grow maize for food security and generating income.

Ssenfuma explains that the low prices have however disappointed farmers and many are vowing to reduce production.

Peter Ssebukera, a farmer in Lwabyata sub-county, Nakasongola district says that they invest a lot of money to grow maize but it's unfortunate to sell it at giveaway price.

Franco Kayondo another farmer in Nakasongola says that he has six acres of maize but he is demoralized to harvest it at the current price.

Farmers now want the government to buy off the maize and resell it in other countries to save them huge losses.

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General Salim Saleh the Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation, says that together with Chinese partners, they have been buying maize above 500 shillings but prices dropped this season due to the surplus. 

He also appealed to World Food Programme- WFP to buy some maize to help the farmers.

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Elkhidir Daloum the Country Director of WFP says although they are leading buyers of Uganda's maize much of it is bought from brokers because farmers have no groups.

Daloum asked farmers to form groups and address the standard of maize and be able to supply maize at a good price.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.