Many of those who struggled to cultivate cotton got as little as 300 kilograms because of the too much rainfall. The rest of the plants were soaked in water and remained of no use to the farmers whose earnings dwindled drastically. During the earlier seasons, the cotton ginnery at Parombo was buying a kilogram of cotton seed a cost ranging between 1,500 and 1,800 Shillings.
Cotton Farmers in Parombo
Sub County Nebbi district are bothered by the uncertainty about weather and
prices for their produce this season.
than 2,000 cotton growers
in the area had poor yields as a result of bad weather characterised by
excessive rainfall. And, as a result of restrictions imposed during the
COVID-19 lockdown, many farmers were blocked from residing
uphill in Parombo, putting all cultivation and communal energies in the
of those who struggled to cultivate
cotton got as little as 300 kilograms because of the too much rainfall.
The rest of the plants were soaked in water and remained of no use to the farmers whose earnings dwindled drastically. During the earlier seasons, the cotton ginnery at Parombo was buying a kilogram of cotton seed a cost ranging between 1,500 and 1,800 Shillings.
Dennis Agenonga Kamagala,
a farmer who has grown cotton in Parombo for the last ten years says he is still worried about bad weather and unfavourable
price fluctuation for cotton this year.
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Othuba, the Farmers National Forum Representative for Nebbi district and
a longtime cotton producer in Parombo says most farmers continue to
prices from cotton sales as they are restricted from selling their
at better prices to competing buyers from Eastern Uganda.
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Yafesi Rumayisa, the General Manager of Rwenzori Cotton Ginnery, a company that
buys cottonseed and gin, says that because cotton production
last year was a loss to all, they have prepared to support the farmers with seed
distribution early enough so that they can plant in time. Parombo cotton
ginnery last season purchased only 2,900 bales of cotton down from 8,000 bales
it bought the previous years when production and harvest were at the best.
According to Rumanyisa, the low prices for cotton at the ginnery last season were a result of the
cotton buyers not being able to purchase the cotton due to the COVID-19
pandemic, he, however, remains optimistic that this season may usher better
prices to the cotton farmers.
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Due to the low
price for cotton over the years and the unpredictability of weather for it,
many farmers in Parombo are contemplating on taking on upland rice that some farmers
say did very well last year.