The cooperative chairperson, Augustine Kule whose family is also among the 30 agents' families camped at Booma grounds said they have sold some of their personal and company belongings to clear farmer’s debts but the debt still remains huge.
Emmanuel Tumwizere, the Regional UCDA Coordinator, says that they are in a campaign to motivate farmers to boost their production and productivity. He mentioned that their research established that a stumped coffee plant produces three times as much yield as the farmer can get from an old tree.
Joseph Kawuchi, the agribusiness manager at Uganda Breweries Limited, says they are going to use apple as an additional raw material in their production line opening up a big market for the local farmers.
Patience Mirembe, who joined farming for the first time starting –off with five acres of Maize, says the worms are eating any green leaf, especially during morning and night periods. She wants the agricultural officials to come in and establish the exact worm and offer guidance to the farmers.
Asuman Abubakar Kule, the Muhokya Town Clerk, says that Queen Elizabeth national park is susceptible to human-wildlife conflicts, arguing that more ranger outposts would in the short run help to enhance security for both the community, wildlife and tourists.
In September, Alinda was arrested on allegations of extorting money from coffee nursery bed operators before inspecting their beds. The nursery bed operators also accuse Alinda of using his office to allocate coffee supply contracts to persons who do not have nursery beds, failing to renew their certificates, and selectively awarding supply contracts and certificates.
Josinta Kabugho, the general manager for Bukonzo Organic Farmers Cooperative Union, says that the new machines are expected to bring down the cost of production by about 30 percent as it requires less labor to operate and gives out more output per hour compared to the old models they have been using.
Grace Kazigate Fatumah, a member of The National Agriculture Advisory Services-NAADS secretariat she says the recent NAADS assessment findings on apple growing across the country indicate an observable lack of skills among farmers and extension workers on how the crop is planted, maintained and marketed.
The project funded by GOAL International with support from the Master Card Foundation will support 300,000 beneficiaries in 18 districts. The target groups include young women and men, refugees and youth with disabilities.
Local leaders say this is breeding conflict between the two groups that could spiral out of hand if no immediate intervention is made. Julius Masereka is one of the affected farmers in Nyakatonzi, saying the attack on their gardens is nearly forcing them to halt crop cultivation.