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NAADS signs MOU to boost sugar cane production in Northern Uganda

Government through NAADS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two sugarcane out-growers cooperatives and four District Local Governments in Acholi Sub Region with the aim of boosting sugar cane production in preparation of Atiak sugar factory that is expected to begin operations early next year. Party to the MOU is Horyal Investment Holdings Ltd, a private company that is constructing Ataik Sugar Factory.

The MOU which was signed on Monday 6th October 2019 at the NAADS Secretariat establishes a framework of principles and procedures that will facilitate, guide and enhance a collaborative approach among parties and stakeholders for supporting the production of sugar cane among the out-growers in the participating District Local Governments covering a total of 13,841 acres.

Management of NAADS and leaders froM Northern Uganda after signing the MOU

 

This MOU is part of the implementation of the Government supported sugar cane project intervention to empower and uplift the local community recovering from the effects of war in Northern Uganda especially the most vulnerable groups notably the women who are participating in the sugar cane out-growers scheme to have a source of livelihood through sugar cane growing.

At the national level, the intervention by Government is of strategic importance as it contributes to boosting sugarcane output for increased sugar production for both the domestic and export markets.

The project intervention initially targets four (4) Districts of Amuru, Gulu, Lamwo, and Adjumani. The target acreage of 13,841 acres for the production of sugar cane under the project will be located in the participating districts as follows; Amuru 10,841 acres; Gulu 1,200 acres; Adjumani 800 acres; Lamwo 1000 acres. The project is set to benefit 1,344 members of Atiak Sugar plantation out-growers society Ltd and 1,800 members for Gem Pacilo farmers’ cooperative society.

The four participating District Local Governments are expected to play a crucial role in providing support and guidance towards the implementation of the project intervention including mobilization of resources and farmers for participating in the sugar cane out-growers scheme.

 

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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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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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