Alima Komuhangi says middle men only come and tell them that the prices have gone down without giving them any explanation. The farmer who also buys fresh cocoa from other farmers for resale asks the government to intervene and stabilize the prices.
Emmanuel Lubega, the Uganda-South Sudan national coordinator at the East African Business Council-EABC, says such a body like a case is for cotton and coffee would ensure farmer’s produce in line with the set standards.
Ibrahim Kawekawe, a farmer from Burirehe village agrees that his cocoa wasn’t ready for sell but was tempted by buyers who come to them before the start of the harvesting season. He says several farmers give in because of financial challenges.