Dr. Jillian Adyeri Omalla, a farmer and Founder of Delight Uganda Limited, expressed optimism among farmers, citing the previous challenges of poor post-harvest management due to the lack of storage facilities and limited market access.
The construction of agro-supermarket hubs in Nwoya and Pader
districts has brought renewed hope among local farmers. These facilities,
valued at approximately Shillings 900 million, were established by the
government in collaboration with the National Agricultural Research
Organization (NARO) with funding from the European Union through the
Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU).
Situated in Acut Omer Village in Acholibur Sub County, as well
as Lungulu in Pader and Nwoya districts, these hubs were officially launched on
Wednesday by State Minister for Agriculture, Fred Bwino Kyakulaga. Each of
these hubs boasts the capacity to store and handle more than 75 metric tons of
cereals and perishable goods.
Additionally, they come equipped with modern agricultural tools,
including aflatoxin testing kits, weighing machines, pallets, sampling metallic
spheres, trolleys, grain blowers, maize handheld fellers, moisture testers,
tarpaulins, storage bags, and motorized sprayers, among other resources.
Dr. Yona Baguma, the Director General of NARO, emphasized that
these facilities are part of an initiative aimed at combatting hunger and
poverty in the northern region. Beyond food storage, they serve as
comprehensive centers for farmer training on quality post-harvest management
and agricultural best practices.
They also facilitate demonstrations of
innovative production and processing techniques, and grain aggregation, and act as
bulking centers for local farmers. Dr. Baguma further explained that these hubs will play a pivotal
role in creating markets, establishing marketing protocols, procuring quality
inputs in bulk, and promoting the sale of bulked products within commodity
They will also assist in logistics for product transportation,
connecting with Gulu logistic hubs to support nationwide and regional
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Minister Bwino highlighted the presence of agricultural
extension workers at these facilities who will collaborate closely with the
commercial departments of each district. Their role is to improve the quality
of agricultural products and negotiate better prices for both farmers and
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Dr. Jillian Adyeri Omalla, a farmer and Founder of Delight
Uganda Limited, expressed optimism among farmers, citing the previous
challenges of poor post-harvest management due to the lack of storage
facilities and limited market access.
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Vincent Longole, a farmer from Latek Odong Village in Nwoya
district, praised the facility for protecting them from unscrupulous middlemen
who would purchase their produce at low prices due to alleged poor storage and
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Emmanuel Orach, the Nwoya district chairperson, emphasized the
potential for these facilities to enhance food security through increased
production. He also urged the government to focus on improving access to the
hubs and providing electricity connections.