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Farmer Groups Rush to Register to Secure Licenses to Import Inputs

According to Mwangu, individual farmers can't afford to buy equipment such as tractors and irrigation equipment to mechanise their production, which calls for group efforts.
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Farmer groups in Busoga region are rushing to register and secure licenses so as to import agricultural inputs. This follows an increase in the price of agriculture inputs such as hoes, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides and abundance of fake seeds on the market.

 

A recent study by the Economic Policy Research Centre – EPRC shows that a 50 kilogram bag of fertilizers costs Shillings 150,000. Sulaiman Mwangu, a member of the Jinja based Mafubira Modern Farmers Association says most of the farmers can't afford the price of inputs. Mafubira Modern Farmers Association is comprised of 413 members.

 

According to Mwangu, individual farmers can't afford to buy equipment such as tractors and irrigation equipment to mechanise their production, which calls for group efforts. Mwangu says that he has bought the so called high yielding seeds from local dealers in the past at a high cost, which failed to germinate.

 

Jane Kaitanunga is the chairperson Nambaale Farmers Association, which has 886 members. Kaitanunga says they have embarked on a process to register as a cooperative enterprise to address some of the challenges they are facing.

 

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Vincent Sempijja, the state minister for Agriculture says recent surveys show that more than 50% of the agriculture inputs like fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides are fake.

 

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Sempijja encourages farmers groups to register and acquire import licenses for agricultural inputs so as to cut costs and avoid fake inputs.

 

 

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Dr. Steven Kiwemba, Jinja district production officer says modern farming requires additional inputs like fertilizers and herbicides to boost the yields.

 

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