NAADS Board Members monitor sugarcane out-growers projects in Lamwo and Atiak

Board monitoring in Atiak and Lamwo

NAADS Board Members monitor sugarcane out-growers projects in Lamwo and Atiak

NAADS Board Members monitor sugarcane out-growers projects in Lamwo and Atiak

Members of the Board of NAADS headed by the Chairperson Mr. Robert Galusanja Kibirango conducted a monitoring visit to the sugarcane project in the district of Lamwo and Amuru.

The Government, through the NAADS, is supporting the members of Atiak Sugar Cane Out Growers Cooperative Society Limited to implement the sugarcane production project in Northern Uganda. This project is being supported and implemented under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Atiak Sugar out-growers Cooperative Society Limited and Horyal Investment Holding Company.

Board monitoring

Under this project, Government through NAADS is establishing over 15,000 sugarcane plantations to support the welfare and uplift the standard of living of the people in Northern Uganda at the same time provide the raw materials for Atiak Sugar Factory which is being constructed.

 

As part of the project, NAADS has conducted bush clearing, first ploughing and second ploughing, land harrowing, land furrowing, provided the seed cane, fertilizer application, conducted planting of cane and manual weeding.

 

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Apple farmers in Buhweju

Retired teacher earns big from apples in Buhweju

In 2017, Boniface Bagarukayo and his wife Leonidas Mbabazi from Buhanga sub country in Buhweju received 800 apple seedlings from NAADS.

As of today, they have been harvesting since October 2019. Every day, they harvest a bucket of 200 apples selling 3 apples at UGX 1,000 as their main market is within their community. From these sales, they collect UGX 20,000 a day and UGX 600,000 a month which they use to educate their children.

One of their challenges is the lack of an extension worker who is well conversant with apple production to be able to assist and guide them on how to manage their orchard.

Another challenge they face is a lack of market for their produce. In city centers, apples are sold at UGX 1,000 each and yet they sell 3 apples at UGX 1,000. With more market, especially in city centers, Boniface and his wife Leonidas believe their wealth will increase.

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Jimmy Wamala pineapple farmer in Luwero

From 200,000 pineapple suckers from NAADS, Luwero farmer owns 100 acres

Jimmy Wamala dropped out of school over 20 years ago due to lack of school fees, his future became uncertain. He, however, says the experience forced him to think outside the proverbial box and started doing small income-generating projects to earn a living. Eventually, Wamala decided to venture into farming. Today he is a successful pineapples farmer.

The resident of Luweero district and a primary seven dropout has turned pineapples farming into a gold mine earning handsomely from his agricultural practices.

The 38-year-old owns 40-acre pineapples farm adjacent to several coffee gardens in the area.

Wamala says it has not been an easy journey, but a result of hard work and perseverance.

He notes that he settled for pineapples growing because of encouragement from, Luweero district technical personnel.

“When NAADS organised a training for farmers in Luweero, I was encouraged by the district officials to attend and the fact that the weather conditions and soils in Luweero are suitable for the crop. I gladly embraced the trainings to learn new ideas regarding the pinneaple cultivation,” he recalls.

They were also equipped with skills ranging from early land preparation, planting in proper lines, post-harvest handling, pest and disease control among others.

Later after the training, NAADS secretariat through Operation Wealth Creation, supported him with 200,000 pineapple suckers in 2014.

From the exposure field visits of farmers who had embraced pineapples farming before him, he was motivated to hire huge chunks of land to plant all the pineapple suckers.

He has since progressed from hiring 30 acres to 100 acres. By the time of our visit, we found him when he had extended to Kakooge in Nakasongola where he owns about 50 acres all under pineapple cultivation.

His target is to earn handsomely from his sweat. “From my farming practices I make sure I earn sh7m every month from pineapples sales but my target is sh25m in the next three years,” says the gumboots wearing farmer.

He has also mobilized and formed an association-Luweero pineapples farmers and traders association, a farmer’s group which consists of 40 farmers to offer production support services to pineapple farmers.

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President hands over heifers to women leaders in Mbale

Women Leaders in Mbale district Receive 10 Heifers

Ten women leaders from Mbale district received ten (10) in-calf heifers under the Presidential initiative for wealth creation among women leaders across the country through the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS).

The 10 heifers are part of the 60 in-calf heifers H.E the President Yoweri Museveni pledged to the women leaders in Bugisu Sub Region as one of the initiatives to uplift the well-being of women in the country.

The cows were handed over to the beneficiaries by President Yoweri Museveni during the celebrations for International Women’s Day 2020 that took place in Maluku Administration grounds Mbale District.

On the 8th of March 2020, Uganda joined the rest of the world to celebrate International Women’s Day under the theme “celebrating 25 years of the 1995 constitution milestones on promoting Gender Equality and women’s empowerment in Uganda”.

The theme was selected in recognition of the role that women play in society. Women and girls constitute the majority of the population and as such require special attention to eliminate challenges that hinder not only their individual progress but the entire country.

NAADS Board Members with beneficiaries of Heifers in Mbale

NAADS Board members with the beneficiaries of the 10 heifers in Mbale

In his speech, the President who was the Chief Guest emphasized the need to economically empower women in order to eliminate gender-based violence. The President said it is not easy for a husband to beat an economically independent woman.

He also urged women to get economically empowered through the four sectors that include commercial agriculture, industries, services, and ICT as well as public service that has limited slots for employment.

The President said the NRM government has strived to support as well as emancipate women and girl child by introducing technologies that reduce their labor like the fetching of water from distant water points carrying pots on their heads or looking for firewood in the bushes.

Since 2014, Government through NAADS has distributed more than 170,000 dairy cattle mainly targeting the women and the youth for food security and improved household incomes.

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Maize production

President applauds NAADS supported Farmer at the Rwenzori Investment Expo 2020

President Yoweri Museveni commended a banana farmer supported by NAADS for the good yields during the first Rwenzori Investment Expo 2020 that took place from 30th to 31st of January 2020 at Mountains of the Moon University in Fort Portal, Kabarole district.

During the tour of the exhibition stalls, the President visited the stall of Godfrey Kaganda and his wife Shakira Kaganda and he was impressed by the big size of the bunches of bananas the two had displayed. Kaganda told the President that they own a 100-acre banana farm in Harugongo Sub County in Kabarole from which they harvest 1,000 bunches every month.

The Kagandas attribute the high banana yields to the advisory /extension services they received from NAADS and the Production office of Kabarole district.NAADS Stall

In his keynote address at the event, the President called upon the people of Rwenzori region and Uganda in general to “wake up” and put themselves out of poverty by engaging in diverse economic activities. He gave a passionate call to locals in Rwenzori, urging them to become the driving force behind development in the region and the country.

The President also challenged the locals to engage in a money economy that suits modern-day lifestyles saying the problem is Africa has been sleeping, malnourished thinking and being stuck in the rudimentary ways while the rest of the world is advancing.

Museveni also called for improved agriculture through embracing new farming models. However, the President said he was impressed with some people of Rwenzori who are steadily waking up, focused in development.

NAADS Stall 2

The National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) was one of the major exhibitors in the agriculture section of the expo showcasing alongside NAADS farmer-beneficiaries. Among the farmer-beneficiaries included cocoa, bananas, grapes, beekeeping, poultry, livestock, artificial insemination services as well as agriculture mechanization equipment that comprised of a tractor.

 

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Plucking tea in Kyenjojo

NAADS to hold Zonal Review and Planning Meetings across the country

The National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) is set to hold zonal review and planning meetings across the country to assess the progress of implementation of the NAADS interventions for wealth creation and deliberate on pertinent issues including challenges & lessons that will guide the new strategic direction for agro-industrialization and inform the planning & budgeting process for the FY 2020/21 and the medium term.

The zonal review and planning meetings will take place in fifteen (15) regional centers as follows;

No Region Host District Date
1 West Nile & Madi Arua 20th – 21st January 2020
2 Acholi Kitgum 23rd – 24th January 2020
3 Lango Lira 27th – 28th January 2020
4 Bukedi Busia 20th – 21st January 2020
5 Bugisu & Sebei Mbale 23rd – 24th January 2020
6 Busoga Jinja 27th – 28th January 2020
7 Kigezi Rukungiri 20th – 21st January 2020
8 Ankole Bushenyi 23rd – 24th January 2020
9 Tooro Kasese 20th – 21st January 2020
10 Bunyoro Kibaale 23rd – 24th January 2020
11 Greater Masaka Masaka 27th – 28th January 2020
12 Mubende Mityana 23rd – 24th January 2020
13 Mengo Mukono 20th – 21st January 2020
14 Karamoja Moroto 20th – 21st January 2020
15 Teso Kumi 23rd – 24th January 2020

 

The participants will include a wide range of stakeholders from both the public and private sectors from the various Districts and sub-county Local Governments within the respective zones.

The focus of the NAADS Zonal Review Meetings

In order to consolidate the gains so far achieved in the agricultural commercialization drive in a sustainable manner, emphasis will be laid on the following;

  1. Strengthening of agricultural commodity value chains anchored in the local economic development (LED) initiatives, in line with the Agri-Led model.
  2. Promoting the establishment of Area Based Commodity Clusters
  3. Supporting the establishment of farmer service centers and logistic hubs.

Specific objectives:

The specific objectives of the zonal review and planning workshops(s) are:

  1. To provide feedback/updates on the status of implementation of previous zonal and national level recommendations.
  2. To review the progress of implementation of NAADS interventions for wealth creation to inform decision making for the coming season 1, 2020 (for the remaining period of FY 2019/20) and subsequent agricultural seasons in the medium term.
  3. To review and map out strategies to guide implementation of the NAADS interventions for wealth creation at various levels of implementation (national, Regional, District, Sub County, parish and farmer level) in view of the agro-industrialization agenda.
  1. To agree on emerging opportunities, key undertakings, and recommendations for improving implementation of the NAADS interventions for wealth creation in line with the agro-industrialization agenda to inform the budgeting process for the FY 2020/21 and the medium term.

 

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Maize mill in Mayuge

Maize mill transforms lives of maize farmers in Mayuge

The livelihood of the members of Bidhampola Community Development Association (BOCODA) in Mayuge district has not remained the same after receiving a maize mill from NAADS.

The association which is located in Buwaya Sub County with a membership of 230 (120 male and 110 female) received a maize mill from NAADS in 2016 for processing and adding value to the maize produced in the area.

According to the Chairperson of the association Patrick Baligeya, during the maize harvesting season, they mill between 30,000 and 80,000 kilograms of maize grain per day.

He says a member of the association is charged 180 shillings per kilogram milled while the non-members are charged 200 shillings.

From the proceeds of the maize mill, the association has bought a plot of land which cost 8 million shillings and construction is underway for expansion to establish another maize milling facility.

Baligeya adds that from the maize mill, the association saved money and bought equipment for the women members who started a catering business from which they earn additional income.

Bidhampola Community Development Association is also a beneficiary of a tractor from NAADS which has contributed to increased yields of maize.

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Namugolo in her pineapple farm

57 year old housewife turns into a pineapple commercial farmer

57-year-old Harriet Namugolo spent 20 years as a housewife engaged in subsistence farming. However, in 2015 she got a tip off from a friend on the possibility of acquiring pineapple suckers from NAADS to engage in pineapple commercial farming.

Namugolo a resident of Katikamu village in Busaale Parish, Kayunga Sub County in Kayunga district started with 10,000 pineapple suckers from NAADS which she planted on one acre. Following the good yield and a good income, Namugolo enlarged her pineapple farm and today she is minting money from 5 acres of pineapple with plans to expand to 20 acres in the near future.

Namugolo is one of the many pineapple farmers that have benefited from the over 2 million pineapple suckers that NAADS has distributed in Kayunga district to boost the production of pineapple in the area for improved household incomes and wealth creation.

Namugolo’s biggest challenge is the unstable market and paltry price of pineapple especially during the peak season with middlemen cheating the farmers.

“During the peak season the price of pineapple drops as low as shs.700 each which affects my profit margin”, explained Namugolo.

However, Namugolo’s woes are soon coming to an end following a partnership between the Government of Uganda through the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and the private sector to construct a Pineapple juice factory to add value to the pineapple produced in the region.

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Installation of equipment at Kayunga Pineapple factory

Kayunga Pineapple Factory to open in June 2020

The Government of Uganda through the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) in partnership with the private sector players is constructing a Pineapple juice factory to add value to the pineapple produced in the region.

The 12 metric ton per day factory is under construction in Kito village, Busaale Sub County in Kayunga district. Government through NAADS has so far injected shs.780m in this factory under the Public Private Sector partnership and the rest is contributed by the private sector partners including Semu Agro-tech Consultants Ltd and Entebbe Miracle Center Church.

During a monitoring visit to the construction site of the factory, the Chairman Board of Directors NAADS Robert Kibirango Galusanja said shs.660 million has been spent on procurement of juice processing equipment and shs.120 million on procuring a solar water pumping system for water for production at the factory.

“We procured the processing equipment and currently installation is ongoing. We expect the factory to start operations in April 2020 producing processed pineapple juice, pulp and dried pineapples mainly for export”, explained Kibirango.

Kibirango urged the farmers to produce more pineapples and supply the factory, and implored Semu Agro-tech Ltd which has 82% shares in the factory to give the farmers good prices amidst competition from the middlemen.

Kayunga Pineapple factory

The Chairperson of Kayunga District Farmers Association (KADIFA) John Ssekkoko asked NAADS to supply the farmers with more pineapple suckers saying the current production is not enough to sustain the capacity of the factory. He said KADIFA working together with Kayunga District Local Government and Semu Agro-tech Ltd, they have mobilized more than 2000 pineapple farmers who have been prepared and are ready to supply the factory.

Jane Were, a Director and Manager for Nursery Operations in Semu Agro-tech Consultants assured the farmers of a ready market and good prices for their pineapples. She explained that the first phase of the factory will cost shs.1.38bn while the second phase which includes construction of raw material shades, production stores and the compound is estimated to cost approximately shs.700m.

The factory is expected to employ 20 to 30 people directly and between casual 100 and 150 casual workers. More than 20,000 pineapple farmers in Kayunga and neighboring districts are expected to benefit from this factory.

Kibirango explained to the farmers that starting with next financial year 2019/20, NAADS will implement the commodity cluster programme with Kayunga set to be part of the Pineapple Cluster where NAADS will prioritize the provision of agricultural inputs along the commodity value chain in a cluster. Under this arrangement, NAADS will concentrate on one particular commodity with emphasis on areas where Government has established value addition facilities.

He however cautioned leaders and farmers to desist from involving politics in agricultural programs saying every Ugandan is entitled to benefit from Government projects irrespective of their political affiliations.

Kayunga district is one of the leading pineapple producing districts in Uganda producing approximately 15,960 tons of pineapple in a single season.

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Buhweju Tea Factory

Buhweju to get additional 54 million tea Seedlings

NAADS is set to distribute an extra 54 million tea seedlings in Buhweju district to boost the production of tea in the region. This was disclosed by the Executive Director NAADS Dr. Samuel Mugasi during a monitoring visit to Buhweju district to assess the impact of NAADS interventions in the tea sector in the region.

In a meeting with Buhweju district leaders, Dr. Mugasi said tea is one of the country’s major cash crops especially for the export market and it has made progress in the last 10 years and that is why Government through NAADS has continued to make interventions in the tea industry with the aim of expanding the area under tea and fill gaps in existing tea plantations.

Since 2014, NAADS has procured and distributed over 400 million tea seedlings in 21 tea growing districts resulting in an increase in leaf production with reports of overproduction of leaf in some districts over the existing tea processing capacities, as is the case of Kyenjojo, Kabarole, Kanungu and Buhweju.

In the case of Buhweju, NAADS has so far distributed 45,000,000 tea seedlings resulting in increased production of green leaf. The only operating tea processing factory – Buhweju Tea Factory is overwhelmed by the increased production of green leaf. The factory has a capacity of 68,000 kilograms of green leaf per day. However, because of the increased production of green leaf, the factory received between 80,000 and 100,000 kilograms of green leaf forcing the factory to operate beyond capacity.

ED NAADS visiting tea farms in Buhweju

There are 3 new tea processing factories that are under construction and once they are opened, they will be able to consume all the tea produced in Buhweju.

Dr. Mugasi said with the establishment of 3 new tea processing facilities in Buhweju, NAADS will distribute an extra 54 million tea seedlings to farmers in the district to feed the factories with green leaf. He explained that the seedlings will be distributed in a phased manner for a period of three years.

The tea interventions together with farmers’ own initiatives has stimulated establishment of more tea factories from 27 to 33 factories including 2 new ones established in Kabale and Kisoro with the support from Uganda Government. Some tea factories have either added or are the process of acquiring additional processing lines due to increased leaf production.

Additionally, 15 new tea factories are being established and are at different levels in several districts including; Kyenjojo (2), Buhweju (4), Kanungu (1), Bushenyi (1), Rukiga (1), Kisoro (1), Ntungamo (1), Kamwenge (1), Mbarara (1) and Luwero (1).

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