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Farmers in Rwenzori Advised to Follow Planting Schedule

The State Minister for Agriculture Henry Aggrey Bagiire says some farmers were found to have replanted their crops soon after the floods that hit several areas in the region.
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Farmers in Rwenzori Region have been advised to follow the cultivation schedule to avoid incurring losses.

The State Minister for Agriculture Henry Aggrey Bagiire says some farmers were found to have replanted their crops soon after the floods that hit several areas in the region.  He says the farmers took advantage of the cool soils to plant and later their crops dried due to the dry spell.

Bagiire, who is monitoring and evaluating agro-processing industries, says they are partnering with local players to enlighten farmers on best agricultural practices.

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According to Bagiire, the government needs to help farmers and other agricultural practitioners with proper harvesting and post-harvest handling equipment.

  He also advised farmers to identify and obtain improved planting materials for perennial crops such as tea, cocoa, banana and coffee from MAAIF certified nursery beds.

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Moses Kasigwa, the Assistant Commissioner Primary Processing and value addition in the Ministry asked development partners to help farmers add value to their products and tap into the growing industrial base.

Kasigwa applauded investors in Kasese District for taking advantage of the high agricultural production to set up food processing factories.

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Emmanuel Asiimwe the Director Integrated Agri-Tech Company says it’s important for the government to support farmers with modern technology to boost their production.

He says with the new technology farmers can plant any time around the year.

The company is undertaking the construction of Kabaku Uganda ltd factory that will be processing food products.

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Naume Kyalisime a farmer in Mubuku says the high demand for food and money forces farmers to plant even when they are out of season.

She also expressed concern that losses incurred by farmers affected by the floods in May 2020 were yet to be assessed and appropriate assistance provided to farmers. 

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