Joseph Oryem, the Coordinator and an Accountant Agro Ways in Kapchorwa district told Uganda Radio Network that the company stopped buying the crop because of the failure by farmers to follow the right procedures during planting and end up producing poor quality barley.
Sorghum growers in Sebei sub region are stuck
with barley valued at Shillings 3.4 billion following the decision by Agro ways
Uganda limited to buying the crop. Agro Ways Uganda Limited was contracted by
Nile Breweries to buy barley from farmers in Sebei sub region.
However, Agro Ways Uganda Limited has stopped
buying the crop citing poor quality. Barley is a type of sorghum used for beer
production. Joseph Oryem, the Coordinator and an Accountant Agro Ways in
Kapchorwa district told Uganda Radio Network that the company stopped buying
the crop because of the failure by farmers to follow the right procedures
during planting and end up producing poor quality barley.
He says the company provided seeds
to farmers but they failed to care for them maintain them as expected, even
after receiving training. Oryem however, called for calm as the company
continues to assess the circumstances under, which the barley failed to meet
the required standard.
However, farmers have vowed not to grow any
barley given the crisis they are facing, saying the company has backtracked on
its promise to buy their products. Ivan Chepkurui, one of the biggest barley
farmers in the region, says the company has disappointed farmers by refusing to
buy their harvest after laboring a lot.
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Winnie Chelimo, another farmer accuses the
company of conning them when it came in 2018. He says the company promoted barley farming in Sebei
Sub region, which prompted them to embrace it and they now stuck with the
Chelimo says that when the company noticed an
increase in barley production in the region, they started misbehaving knowing
that they have monopoly in the region.
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George Chekurui, the Kapchorwa District
Production Officer has condemned the decision of Agro Ways to stop buying barley.
He warned farmers against rushing to the deal with companies without a
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Annet Cherotich, the Welfare and Social Service
Secretary at Kapchorwa district local government accuses the company of
undermining efforts of farmers involved in barley growing.
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Stanly Gimadu Nangayi, the Gamogo Sub County LC V
Councilor, says the district is devising means of helping barley farmers.