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Kumi watermelon farmers cry out as lockdown bites

Kumi, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Watermelon farmers in Kumi district have run out of option on what to do with their crop in the garden. The melons are ready for harvest; some are rotting but their market continues to be disrupted by the COVID-19 lockdown. For some farmers, watermelon had …

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Gov’t to distribute seeds to 300,000 households in Acholi

Kitgum, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  The government through Operation Wealth Creation and National Agricultural Advisory Services is to start distribution of emergency seed support to more than 3,000 households in the eight districts of Acholi. This is part of t5he countrywide support Government has planned to cater for 30 percent …

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Variegated grasshoppers destroy crops in Kitgum

Kitgum, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Several acres of crop gardens in various parts of Kitgum District have been invaded by the destructive species of variegated grasshoppers. The most affected are Manwoko and Bipong villages, both in Labongo Amida Sub County, where the grasshoppers are destroying maize, tomatoes, green vegetables, onions, …

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Floods cut off roads in greater Luweero

Luweero, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Several feeder roads are impassable after heavy rains washed away culverts leaving farmers stranded in Greater Luweero districts. The major affected roads are Katuba-Moone, Nabutaka –Ntuuti and Nabutaka -Mukanyikamondo which connects Nakasongola to Luweero district. Other roads are Nalongo-Kakabala –Namatogonya, Nakafumu-Mpigi, Bulawula-Kanyogogga, Nandere-Butiki and Kasana-Lugogo which …

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Floods destroy crop gardens in Butaleja

Mbale, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Fresh floods have destroyed several crop gardens in Butaleja district causing farmers huge loses. The floods were triggered by heavy rains that pounded the district on Monday evening. They mainly affected rice gardens in Busaba and Nawanjofu sub counties where a number of gardens were washed …

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Farmers wary as prices of agricultural produce drop

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The drastic fall in prices of agricultural produce has left farmers and traders in agony. The drop in prices came after a lockdown announced by the government as one of the measures to control the spread of coronavirus. Some of the measures affect the …

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Farmers in Nwoya protest hike in costs of hiring tractors

Nwoya, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Farmers in Nwoya District have protested a decision by service providers to increase the cost of hiring tractors. With the onset of rainy seasons and national shutdown, there is an overwhelming demand for farm tractors by thousands of farmers in the district to plough crop …

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Farmers asked to embrace social media to sustain food supply chain

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Farmers have been advised to shift from person-to-person interfaces and embrace online technological innovations to support food production and the supply chain. Associate Professor Alex Ariho, the Director-General of Excel Hort Consult Agribusiness incubator in Biharwe, says that farmers need to borrow a leaf …

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Farmers should continue going to gardens – Minister

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Farmers should not sit home because of the coronavirus lockdown but instead go-ahead to plant and tender to their gardens, Agriculture Minister Vincent Ssempijja has said. Ssempijja told reporters in Kampala that it was already a planting season and farmers should observe Ministry of Health guidelines to …

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