MoU to establish Yumbe Mango Processing Factory signed

Signing of the MoU to establish Yumbe Mango Processing Factory

MoU to establish Yumbe Mango Processing Factory signed

Government through the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with mango farmers in Yumbe district under their umbrella association Aringa Fruit Farmers Cooperative Society ltd (AFFCSL), to establish a 5 metric ton per hour factory in Yumbe district under a Public Sector Initiative.

The factory is a value addition initiative by Government to increase sustainable production, productivity and value addition in key growth opportunities. Government has earmarked Shs.8.5 billion to establish and operationalize a fully equipped mango processing facility in Yumbe District.

In the MOU, NAADS is to contribute the resources for the establishment of the factory, provide production and productivity enhancing technologies such as seedlings, and other technologies to the target farmers, contract service providers for the establishment of the mango processing factory. The agency will also supervise and monitor the project and oversee the transition of the Government’s stake in the project to the Farmers.

 The Executive Director of NAADS Dr. Samuel Mugasi said the construction of the factory was initiated by Food and Nutrition Solutions Ltd (FONUS), which is the fourth party to the MoU. FONUS is a privately owned company whose equity is held by well-experienced food scientists, technologists and technicians based at Makerere University.

FONUS pilot tested the processing of the local mangoes into pulp and has carried out a feasibility study and presented a proposal to Government desirous of setting up a mango processing plant in Yumbe District.

Mugasi says NAADS has already taken steps and contracted new company China Huangpai Food Machinery Company (U) Ltd to complete and expand the construction site of the factory and install the mango processing equipment.

“I officially handed over the construction site of the factory to the new company on August 7th this year and construction works have commenced”, explained Mugasi

He added that the plant will procure mangoes from the farmers and commercially process them into value-added products and sell them in the local and international markets.

Mugasi explained the MoU is meant to provide a cooperation framework in the establishment of the processing facility by the Parties through complementary actions for the effective and efficient functioning of the mango fruit value chain.

On the other hand, Uganda Development Corporation which was represented by the Executive Director Dr. Patrick Birungi, will ensure smooth commercial operations and management of the fruit factory in collaboration with FONUS, and oversee the smooth transition of Government’s stake (divestiture period and process) in the project to the Aringa Fruit Farmers’ Cooperative Society Ltd.

In the 3 year MoU, FONUS will offer technological expertise for value addition to mangoes, identify and provide advice on appropriate technologies, avail the required land for setting up the mango processing plant; and contribute resources for the establishment and operationalization for the factory. FONUS will also initiate the creation of a subsidiary company that will take care of the project and in which the farmers will hold shares equivalent to the GOU investment.

The farmers are tasked to ensure sustainable and continuous production and supply of quality mangoes to the factory at equitable prices.

Signing on behalf of the farmers, the Chairperson of Aringa Fruit Farmers Cooperative Society ltd Mustafa Aziku said they have mobilized their farmers to grow more mangoes to feed the factory.

Farmers are also required to work with Yumbe District Local Government for agricultural extension services and acquire shares in the subsidiary company that will take care of the project.

“This factory was designed based on the local mangoes grown in the West Nile region. So I urge the farmers to take advantage of the free mango seedlings distributed by NAADS/OWC and plant more mangoes that will feed the factory”, said Dr. Mugasi

He added that the factory will be a ready market for the farmers. Dr. Mugasi said Coca Cola Company has already offered to buy 5,000MT of the mango concentrate per year from the factory.

The Chairman LC5 of Yumbe District Taban Yassin who witnessed the signing of the MoU said the coming of the factory will put a stop to the exploitation of our farmers by the middlemen who buy the mangoes cheaply.

Dr. Mugasi confirmed construction works will take 5 months from August 2019, installation of the equipment will take one month and the factory is expected to be ready for commissioning in early 2020.

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Joseph Lwevuze harvesting oranges from his farm

Luweero Catechist reaping big from citrus growing

65-year-old Joseph Lwevuze, is among the few elderly persons who has defied the begging and handout syndrome to earn from his farming projects at Ntangala village, Katikamu sub-county in Luweero district.

When Lwevuze ventured into orange growing as a commercial farm crop, the future for the market seemed very limited since many people were not in the orange growing business in Luweero.

The fact that he took advantage of the earliest opportunity to plant more orange seedlings when the district Production Office in Luweero flagged off the opportunity under the NAADS/OWC programme, boosted his plans to grow more orange trees.

“My initial plan was to have some two acres for both as a demonstration and income-generating venture. Being a trained and practicing agriculturalist, my ability to add to the 300 orange trees extended to me under the NAADS projects has greatly paid off.

“I now own about 2,200 orange trees on two different plots of land. The Oranges are on a four-acre piece of land where we often do some spot irrigation during the long dry spell between the months of December and February,” he said.

Unlike other farmers who concentrate on a single farming enterprise, Lwevuze, has embraced multiple enterprises including poultry, bananas, and coffee-growing to diversify his income.

It is now nine years since he ventured into the Orange farming as a business and the rewards so far are enormously evidenced from the number of visitors who visit his garden for knowledge sharing with the district and beyond.

According to Lwevuze, it is unfortunate that farmers often shy away from facts regarding the farming business. Many farmers do not want to take risks.

During the dry season of January to March, Lwevuze is able to earn more than sh400,000 per week from the sale of oranges

“As a catechist attached to Kasana –Luweero Diocese, I have always craved to serve as an example to the flock. We are called to be hardworking and not beggars. I have been able to educate my children through the farming projects where they have actively been participating to ensure that they get skills and be part of the success story,” he explained.

At Lwevuze’s orange farm, he promotes three orange varieties including Valencia, Washington Naval and Hamlin, and his future plans is to have separate plots for each of the variety to ensure better monitoring.

The catechist’s customers are mainly in the local markets of Wobulenzi and Luweero towns including supermarkets and local fruit processors.

On top of growing oranges, Lwevuze boasts of rearing 1,500 poultry birds, cultivates Robusta coffee on about10 acres and four acres of a nice looking banana plantation.

 

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NAADS Constructs 5MT Mango Factory in Yumbe District

On Wednesday August 7, 2019, the Executive Director of the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) Dr. Samuel Mugasi officially handed over the construction site of Yumbe Mango Processing factory to a new contractor to expedite its expansion and completion.

Yumbe Mango Processing factory is a value addition initiative by the Government of Uganda through the NAADS Secretariat in partnership with Food and Nutrition Solutions Ltd (FONUS) and Aringa Mango Farmers Cooperative Society.

The current structure of Yumbe Mango Processing Factory in Lodonga Sub Country

The construction of the 5 to 6 metric ton per hour factory resumed following a directive from H.E the President. Government through NAADS has released UGX8.7 billion to enable the completion of the factory and the funds will cater for the expansion of the existing structure and the installation of the processing equipment.

The construction site was handed over to a new contractor China Huangpai Food Machinery Company (U) Ltd. While handing over the site, the Executive Director of NAADS Dr. Samuel Mugasi implored the contractor to expedite the completion of the site to enable the farmers to benefit.

He encouraged the farmers to take advantage of the factory saying 5 to 6 metric tons per hour requires enough mangoes on a daily basis.

“This factory was designed based on the local mangoes grown in the West Nile region. So I urge the farmers to take advantage of the free mango seedlings distributed by NAADS/OWC and plant more mangoes that will feed the factory”, said Dr. Mugasi

He added that the factory will be a ready market for the farmers. Dr. Mugasi said Coca Cola company has already offered to buy 5,000MT of the mango concentrate per year from the factory.

ED NAADS Dr. Samuel Mugasi touring the construction site with Yumbe District Administration

The General Manager of China Huangpai Food Machinery Company Nelson Ojwiya said the expansion and installation of machinery in the factory will take five months assuring Government that by March 2020, construction will be complete.

The Chairman LC5 of Yumbe District Taban Yassin said the factory is long overdue with many farmers currently being exploited by middlemen.

“The coming of the factory will put a stop to the exploitation of our farmers by the middlemen who buy the mangoes cheaply”, said Taban

Dr. Mugasi confirmed construction works will take 5 months from August 2019, installation of the equipment will take one month and the factory is expected to be ready for commissioning in April 2020.

The factory is established in partnership with Uganda Development Corporation under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives which has built the capacity of the farmers under their umbrella association Aringa Mango Farmers Cooperative Society.

Makerere University conducted a study on the mangoes grown in Yumbe and the neighboring districts and established that they have very good juice.

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NAADS Periodic Technical Supervision 2019

NAADS Periodic Technical Supervision 2019

In order to monitor the progress of interventions made, NAADS conducts periodic technical supervision across the country.

Teams of experts from NAADS, MAAIF and OWC supported by the District Local Governments carry out inspection of projects supported NAADS to ascertain progress and address the challenges faced by the farmers.

Cocoa is one of the priority commodities supported by NAADS with 3,910,986 cocoa seedlings distributed in financial year 2018/19.

Turyomunsi from Kiryabicooli village in Nyamarwa Sub County in Kibaale district is one of the beneficiaries that was visited by the technical supervision team on 23rd July 2019.

The farmer received 1,000 cocoa seedlings in June 2019 and has so far planted 450 of these on an acre. She had earlier on received cocoa seedlings from Esco an NGO that supports farmers in the area. She is already harvesting cocoa from the 3 acres, harvesting 15kgs  of dry cocoa every after 2 weeks and selling each KG at shs.6,700.

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NAADS Participates in the 27th National Agricultural Show

The 27th National Agricultural show at Jinja grounds was held from 12th to 21st July 2019. The 10 days event was held under the theme “Agricultural technologies and innovation for farmer led Agro- Industrialization”.

The Show was officially opened on behalf of the President by Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda the Prime Minister of Uganda who was accompanied by Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja the Minister for Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries.

In his speech, President Yoweri Museveni has encouraged farmers to utilize government programs being implemented in the agriculture sector to fight hunger and grow financially. He said there are many programs if well embraced can make Uganda poverty and hunger-free state.

“How come some families are experiencing food insecurity? This is because many of the famers have not embraced government programs despite the fact that government has created conducive environment for the farmers by providing agricultural inputs under the various programs being implemented in the sector,” the President said in the Speech.

He advised farmers to embrace good practices if they are to grow financially.

This show was organized by the Uganda National farmers federation (UNIFFE) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and fisheries (MAAIF) and as a key stakeholder, NAADS Secretariat enlisted its participation along with its farmers’ representatives who have benefited from NAADS as they showcased their products.

NAADS showcased majorly aspects of agribusiness specifically, the gross margins, the institutional framework of organizing farmers under the farmer committees right from the clusters at village level to the National

farmer committees, an innovation being piloted in 14 districts currently and lastly, the procedural steps farmers can follow to access NAADS inputs as well as availing other key critical information to farmers in addition to responding to questions and inquiries such as the access and management of tractors by farmers through NAADS, a strategic intervention by MAAIF on agricultural mechanization to improve productivity and profitability.

The Show is the largest of its kind in Uganda and is an annual event that has been held since 1990, attracting an annual average of 350 agricultural exhibitors from different parts of the country and beyond.

It is the biggest platform for showcasing Agricultural innovations and exchange of knowledge and offers a lot of opportunities to the participants to learn of equipment and agricultural methods to apply on the farms.

The Agricultural show attracts over 300,000 guests yearly, making it the most attended show.

 

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178 heifers from NAADS/OWC transform lives in Lira district

178 heifers from NAADS/OWC transform lives in Lira district

A group of 15 women under their association Omito Women’s group in of Anywalonino village, Omito ward, Adyel division in Lira district have not waited to wallow into self-pity and regret as some women do. Instead, they have envisaged opportunities in the moments of difficulty – opted to channel their energies into farming and decided to start keeping heifers on a small plot of land within the municipality.

For the past 10 years, these women led by their chairperson 30-year-old Evelyne Agalo, have been engaged in bulking of agricultural produce and it was the savings and loaning out of funds to group members that brought them together.

In 2016, the group took a bold decision to start an income generating activity. That is how they approached the implementers of NAADS/OWC for the much needed support.

Upon construction of a housing unit for the heifers, two in-calf heifers were delivered by officers of OWC.  “We are proud of these women. They are a dedicated team of individuals and we are proud to be associated with them,” says Bernard Okello, a veterinary officer under NAADS/OWC.

According to Agalo, they feed the heifers as per the recommended feeding regimes but they are still facing challenges of increasing on the milk returns.

“We get about 20 litres of milk from the two heifers and we think it is far way below what farmers from western Uganda get from their heifers,” she said.

The good news however, is the fact that there is ready market for their milk. With a litre costing between sh1,500 to sh2,000, their consistent customers are corporate companies within Lira Municipality.

As one of the strategies to increase on milk production, their plan is to acquire a bigger portion of land outside the municipality to plant high nutritious fodder to feed on their heifers and increase on the number of heifers,” she said during the interview.

“We want the heifer to give us more milk, we have the desire and will to be model dairy farmers, she said.

On top of selling milk, they also sell manure to farmers within the district and a small truck costs about sh70,000. In a year, they earn about sh1m from cow dung alone.

Their biggest challenge, according to Agalo is the existence of resistant acaricides to the ticks and their failure to conduct artificial insemination at the right time.

Their future plans includes buying high quality breeds from western Uganda and planting high value fodder to improve on the heifer’s milk outputs.

Using the savings from her other income generating activities, she takes care of her three children and five dependants.

Using the income from milk sales, they have provided employment to a one Kenneth Tia, an orphan who dropped out of school while in senior two.

“We want him to use the monthly earnings to go to a vocational institute and pursue a hands on course,” she said.

Bernard Okello, the veterinary officer under NAADS/OWC, says about 178 heifers have been delivered and distributed among the registered beneficiaries.

Because of our interventions, we have some farmers who have looked after their dairy animals and because of the good care, today they boast of five to six heifers while others have passed on the off-springs to other beneficiaries within their groups.

At first farmers thought it was hard to manage heifers in the area but the notion has since changed. “Farmers in urban settings have limited access to land and dairy farming is the best enterprise that they can venture in with little efforts,” he says.

Okello, however, noted that most of the livestock animals are attacked by east coast fever and most of the farmers are reluctant to report to the relevant authorities while others want government to provide the required acaricides, which is not the case because of the scarce resource envelope.

As a mitigation measure, they advise farmers to fence off their land to avoid contamination from the local zebus in the area.

 

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NAADS Newsletter

NAADS Newsletter Vol.1

This Newsletter features some of the significant achievements by NAADS/OWC. It highlights the impact of government policies in the implementation of programs in the Agriculture sector and the entire country.

For government to achieve the intended objectives, it is necessary to have prudent policies and undertake appropriate structural adjustments in order to translate the policies into appropriate actions. For the agricultural sector, this has called for prioritization of farmers into the agricultural zones so that they produce not only commercially but specifically for the market, prioritizing enterprises and adding value to the products.

We are glad to share with you some of the successes, challenges and lessons resulting from the past efforts of NAADS/OWC and we encourage all the stakeholders to share their experiences in the future publications.

More successful farmers/beneficiaries of NAADS interventions will be profiled in the subsequent bulletins. We also believe that more analysis will be given on the different enterprises government has prioritized for future investments in the subsequent issues.

Download NAADS Newsletter Vol 1

 

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NAADS/NARO Promotes Tissue Culture materials form increased Banana production and Food Security

NAADS Monitoring & Evaluation Team in field to pick lessons on performance of Tissue cultured materials supplied by NAADS Vs local materials at one of the large scale Bamwe Plantations in Kiryandongo District.
Tissue culture banana plantlets are disease free at the time of planting and the same conditions can be maintained by proper crop management.
Farmers need to pick lessons from already supplied and productive centers with successful banana plantations.
NAADS works with NARO to get agricultural technologies best on research and agronomical factors. The suckers can be incorporated with nutrition components of zinc or iron or traits giving them disease resistance like to banana bacteria wilt with precision.
The NARO institute has bred a banana variety resistant to Banana Bacteria Wilt (BBW) using genetic engineering. It has also bred another variety enhanced with Vitamin A. NAADS has distributed similar suckers to farmers and performance is promising: Moses Okullo -Opio of Okwor village in Lira district is one farmer.

He said he got 55 banana suckers from NARL and another 150 from the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADs). His varieties include Mpologoma, Mbwazurume, Fhia 17 (dessert)& and M9 a matooke variety developed at NARL.
He said banana growing were better because clearing of land is done once and incomes are better compared to other crops.
He said he sells between 70- 100 bunches every months at prices ranging from sh 10,000- 15,000.
Kuburiba praised the banana as a drought tolerant crop and added that the adoption in the north has taken away the myth that the north was not suitable for banana growing.​

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Naads tea interventions expected to double tea production and boost the tea industry by 2020..

Tea is one of the priority cash crop commodities in the Agricultural Sector Strategy and Investment Plan (ASSP of 2015/16-2019/20
Tea is an important crop commodity to Uganda. Close to 80,000 farming households are involved in tea production and it supports over 150,000 skilled and unskilled workers. Approximately, 1,000,000 people directly derive their livelihood from tea growing.

Presently, Tea estates produce 54% of the tea while the small holder tea growers contribute 46% of the total acreage. Traditional tea growing districts are: Mukono, Buikwe, Mubende, Mityana, Masaka in the central region, Kyenjojo, Kibale, Hoima and Kabarole in the western region, Bushenyi, Buhweju, Kanungu and Kabale in south western Uganda. Recently, tea growing has expanded to new Districts like Kabale, Kisoro, Rubanda, Rukungiri, Sheema, Nebbi, Zombo, Isingiro, Ntungamo, Mitooma, Rubirizi, Kamwenge and Mbarara. Todate Government through NAADS/OWC has supported farmers with 446 million tea seedlings worth UGX 202 bn

Tea plantations in Ntungamo

NAADS has issued guidelines for production, procurement and distribution of tea Seedlings in Uganda have been developed and will soon be disseminated.
These guidelines are intended to address the current and future challenges in tea seedling production to ensure a successful government poverty eradication intervention and a vibrant tea industry in Uganda. Furthermore these guidelines if well implemented will streamline the production, procurement and distribution of the tea seedlings to improve the performance of the tea industry in the country. Below are a few success stories from farmers Government has supported;

A number of tea farmers from Kyenjojo district have a reason to smile following the introduction of the farmers’ National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) program in 2010 which later on transited into the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) in 2016.
Most farmers have since the introduction of the program doubled their production capacity by taking advantage of the tea plantlets offered by government.
The high demand for tea plantlets by farmers has given birth to quite a number of nursery beds in the area.
David Kisembo a nursery bed operator in Busasa village Bugaki Sub County today produces over 300,000 tea plantlets per season.
“At first I produced just 10,000 plantlets for my own garden but when I realized that there was ready market in government under the OWC program I increased my production every after season until to date where I can produce over 300,000 plantlets” Kisembo said.
Having started from a very small piece of land which he inherited from his family while starting the business, Kisembo’s nursery bed today sits on a 2 acre piece of land which he procured after making profits.
He has also managed to set up a 15 tea garden with support from the Operation Wealth Creation.
Due to the fact that his business involves transportation and deliveries, Kisembo has had to procure himself a truck to ease movement of his goods and services.
George Rujumba another nursery bed operator says that with support from government he has managed to grow his business from producing 80,000 tea plantlets to now 2m plantlets per season.
Rujumba has offered employment to over 40 youths in his nursery bed in Bwasiri village in Kyenjojo district.
“Government has offered us ready market for our tea plantlets. This has encouraged us to keep on expanding the size of the nursery bed” Rujumba said.
Over the years Rujumba says that he has also managed to procure 40 acres of land some of which he has already started planting tea.
“My target is to plant enough tea so that am able to harvest at least 300,000kg of green leaf every month” he said.
A kilogram of green leaf today costs sh 500.

Tea Farmers
Robert Rwamwenge is a large scale tea farmer in Bugaki Kyenjojo district. To date, he owns a total of 300 acres of planted tea. Rwamwenge started benefiting from the government’s agricultural program in 2010.
“When I joined the NAADs program I had only 150 acres of tea then. But today I own a total of 300 acres and am still planting more because government has promised us more seedlings” Rwamwenge said. Because of the dry season, Rwamwenge says that he now harvests only 100,000kg of green leaf. Due to the high demand for tea plantlets, Rwamwenge also doubles as a nursery bed operator in the area.  George Kalyegira another tea farmer in Kihoiga village Kyenjojo district says that he targets to plant at least 7 acres of tea.
“I started benefiting from the NAADS program in 2010 and by then I had only 1.5 acres of planted tea. My garden has since grown to now 5.5 acres” Kalyegira said. According to Kalyegira before the introduction of the Operation Wealth Creation program the high prices of tea plantlets was discouraging farmers from expanding their gardens by planting more tea.
Kalyegira a retired civil servant says that he has managed to support his family and educate his children to University level.
“I harvest at least 4000kg of green leaf per month  but before the introduction of the Operation Wealth Creation program I was getting only 400kg and selling each kilogram at sh 500” he said.

When asked why he is only targeting 7 acres, he said tea growing can be very expensive and he therefore does not want to grab tea seedlings from Government and they end up drying under a shade.
Kalyegira explains that he considers setting up a standard tea garden so that it can serve as his pension since he no longer earns a monthly salary from government. “I want to educate my children so that while I can no longer support myself to move, my children will be able to manage the tea plantation, balance the books and bring me the money” Kalyegira said.

Tea Production and marketing
Due to the availability of green leaf, farmers in Kyenjojo under their cooperative have managed to build their own tea factory.
Mabale Growers Tea Factory is owned by over 2,000 share holder farmers that are spread across Kyenjojo and other neighboring districts.
The factory provides market to the farmers’ tea green leaf.
Rogers Siima the factory general manager says that the supply of tea plantlets to farmers by government has greatly increased the supply base of the factory’s raw material.
“We are there to process the green leaf that farmers grow” Siima said.
He explains during the peak season, the factory operates at a full capacity of 100% because of the availability of enough green leaf. “With the incoming of the Operation Wealth Creation, we have seen an increase in the tea area and tea production” he said. According to Siima the factory has expanded its processing capacity and is currently in the process of setting up a third production line.
The amount of green leaf tea the factory receives annually has grown from 10m kilograms to currently 20m kilograms. He stated that the availability of enough green leaf has also caused other individuals to set up private tea factories. Today the factory produces 23 tons of already made tea which is exported to Mombasa.

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Atiak Sugar Factory in Acholi Sub-region completed

With funds from NAADS, the Atiak Sugar Factory in Acholi Sub-region is completed meant to support about 3,500 sugarcane growers from the districts of Amuru, Gulu, Adjumani and Lamwo District and hoped to lift thousands of lives; NAADS with Government of Uganda have contributed to the funding of this project which is likely to bring down prices of sugar in the country and create massive employment in the Achori-sub region.

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