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Kamwenge Farmers Decry Lack of Extension Services

Milton Kamusiime, a local farmer in Rwenja, Kitagwenda district says most of the local farmers lack adequate knowledge of modern farming practices.

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Farmers in Kitagwenda District have decried limited access to extension services.

Milton Kamusiime, a local farmer in Rwenja, Kitagwenda district says most of the local farmers lack adequate knowledge of modern farming practices.

She also notes that inadequate and unpredictable markets with fluctuating prices have made it difficult for farmers to ripe from their sweat.

Baguma Dominiano says the work of extension workers in their communities has remained very minimal. He says that most farmers have remained stuck in rudimentary practices because they lack basic knowledge in good farming practices.

Baguma cites cases when farmers were invaded by the Banana Bacterial Wilt. He says people lost their plantations yet extension services are meant to offer them advice on how they could contain the wilt on time.

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Naboth Tukabona, the Kitagwenda District Production Officer acknowledges the existing gaps in the production sector which have hindered effective service delivery.

Naboth says the district has 15 extension workers operating in 6 sub-counties and 2 town councils.

However, with the remoteness of the district, they are unable to reach out to every farmer in the district on time.

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However, Naboth says the district is committed to improving the standards of farming through improved service delivery and enforcing of by-laws meant to improve production capacity of farmers.

Kitagwenda and Kamwenge district are well known for maize growing.  

However, fluctuation of market prices has kicked some out of the business. In 2017, the farmers had kilo of maize going down to as low as 100 shillings.



         

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