Warning: Trying to access array offset on value of type bool in /usr/www/users/urnnet/a/story.php on line 43
6900 Farmers in Pader Stuck With Cassava Due to Market Scarcity :: Uganda Radionetwork
Breaking

6900 Farmers in Pader Stuck With Cassava Due to Market Scarcity

Father Mathew Okun Lagoro, the Chairperson Acholi Bur Parish disclosed that because of the short life span of the cassavas they were forced to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Bukoona Agro Processing Industry Limited on May 5th 2019 to buy the cassavas before it rots in the garden.

Audio 4


Deprecated: trim(): Passing null to parameter #1 ($string) of type string is deprecated in /usr/www/users/urnnet/a/story.php on line 663
A total of 6900 farmers in Pader district under the Acholi Bur Parish Project (APP) are struggling to find market for their cassava due to market scarcity. The farmers are drawn from Lapul, Latanya, Acholi Bur and Pajule Sub Counties, all under the Acholi Bur Parish Project in Gulu Archdiocese.  

The farmers received cassava cuttings of Naro Cas 14, and 19 and Nasa 1 varieties in 2017 under the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) following a request to President Yoweri Museveni by the Bishop of Gulu Archdiocese, John Baptist Odama. 

The project was meant to enhance the reduction of poverty and famine among residents and boost their household incomes. The cassava has since matured, but there is no market for the estimated 7000 acres produced.    

Vincent Okot Obuttu, the Chairperson Cooperative Society Acholi Bur Cassava, says that 7000 of his members are stranded without market for their output. 

//Cue in: “We have planted…

Cue out: …for the farmers.”// 

He urges government to help find market for the farmers to prevent them from being exploited by middlemen. 

Cosmas Nyeko, the Coordinator Acholi Bur Parish Project, says government should source market for the farmers and set uniform prices for their output.

//Cue in: “he came to…  

 

Cue out: …for his factory.”//

Father Mathew Okun Lagoro, the Chairperson Acholi Bur Parish disclosed that because of the short life span of the cassavas they were forced to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Bukoona Agro Processing Industry Limited on May 5th 2019 to buy the cassavas before it rots in the garden.   

The Industry is based in Koch Goma Sub County in Nwoya district and plans to start producing methanol and sugar this year.

 

//Cue in: “The challenges the…  

Cue out: …agro processors limited.”// 

The cassava plantations have gone beyond their fifteen months life span raising fears among farmers. 

Pravin Kekhal, the Director Bukoona Industry, says they agreed to buy the cassava from the farmers as raw material after negotiating with the diocese. 

He says they will buy a kilogram of dried cassava Shillings 500 and fresh Shillings 175.    

//Cue in: “We are associated…

Cue out: …buying dry cassava.”//   

Susan Ayaa one of the farmers, says she is offering her cassava to the industry against her will because of the bad price for fear that it will go bad. 

Gen. Francis Achoka, the OWC Northern Region Coordinator told URN on phone that government hasn’t yet prioritized searching for markets for farmers produce.

Government has designed several projects in Uganda aimed at enhancing food security and poverty eradication among rural farmers.  

They include among others Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) and National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) among others.  

The programs capitalize on free seeds, livestock, farm tools distribution and providing agricultural literacy to farmers.