Herbert Musiimenta, the Principal Agricultural Inspector with the Ministry of Agriculture says farmers should keep records of when their vanilla was pollinated to avoid premature harvesting and poor post-harvest handling.
farmers and middlemen in Rubirizi District have been warned against picking or
buying premature beans.
Herbert Musiimenta, the Principal Agricultural Inspector with the Ministry of
Agriculture says premature harvesting poses a threat to the gains Uganda has
made in improving the quality of vanilla for the world market.
He says farmers should keep records of when their vanilla was pollinated to
avoid premature harvesting and poor post-harvest handling.
“kutandika kusharura vanilla…
…vanin content enyingi.”//
was speaking on Tuesday during a tour of vanilla gardens in Rubirizi district
to understand the growth of the crop.
Rugamba Mulamuzi, the Chairperson of Vanilla Farmers Rubirizi District says the
delay to announce the dates of harvesting even when the crop is ready has
vanilla traders to be regulated under one major company and be given
“kandi batwikiriza ngu…
…bashahurwa esente zabo.”//
Mwesigye Musasizi the Secretary of Production Rubirizi says that the visit by
the Ministry officials is a relief to farmers who have been patient to start
harvesting. He says that the theft and attacks on farmers protecting their
gardens are rampant in the district.
//Cue in: “so erizooba beija…
Zabroni the Rubirizi Resident District Commissioner faults companies and
traders that have flooded Rubirizi for vanilla before the minister announces
the dates of harvest noting that they are beginning to enforce the registration
of all companies.
“mbwenu kutwaza omu…
…nizigura vanilla etakezire.”//
Nagawa, the Executive Director of Vannex wants the district local governments
to enforce and regulate vanilla business. She says that licensing vanilla
traders is key to fighting premature harvests and poor post-harvest of the crop.