The 110 dealers working under the Agriculture Cluster Development Project – ACDP were contracted to supply inputs that include maize, beans, cassava, rice and coffee to over 10 districts across the country.
According to Bishop Nsubuga, the diocese has embraced the Operation Wealth Creation Programme and mentored several Christians to engage in agriculture production to improve livelihoods, but this may be affected by counterfeit agro-inputs.
Dr. Evelyn Lutalo, the chairperson Association of Uganda Women Professionals in Agriculture and Environment-AUWPAE says that despite the government efforts to enact and put in place policies that can help to prevent the use of HHPs, this is still insufficient.
The farmers usually harvest the highly prized crop between June and July. A Kilogram of fresh vanilla fibre costs more than Shillings 200,000 on the market. Middlemen buy a kilogram at around 160,000 Shillings while established companies can buy it at as much as 200,000 Shillings per kilogram.
Henry Mutabazi, a farmer in Mubuku says he has failed to access the K bean seed variety in local markets.
He is worried that the lack of good bean seeds puts a great economic risk to bean farmers and households in general.
Emmanuel Agaba, one of the change agents says the residents have put up disaster management committees manned by volunteers who continue to sensitize residents to protect River Mubuku and its tributaries.
In Bunyoro, Chimpanzees are found around Bugoma Forest Reserve in Kikuube district and Budongo Forest Reserve in Masindi district, among other places. The animals use small forest fragments along watercourses throughout the region, both on private or communal land and in small government reserves.