The farm inputs that include 2,500kgs of Nase-1 improved upland rice seeds, 20 metric tons of bio-fertilizers, 20 metric tons of bio-pesticides all worth 35 million shillings for planted over 800 acres of land
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At least 872 farmers in Kwania district have
received farm inputs from Clean Energy Partnership for Africa, CEPA with
funding from Kingdom Rice Uganda in collaboration with Equity Bank to promote
The farm inputs comprising 2,500kgs of Nase-1 improved upland
rice seeds with 20 metric tons of bio-fertilizers, 20 metric tons of bio-pesticides
amounting to shillings 35 million are expected to cover over 800 acres
of land during planting.
The 872 farmers from the Sub Counties of Chawente,
Nambieso, Inomo, Abongomola, Aduku and Atongtidi entered an agreement with CEPA
to grow rice on large scale for export with the aim of improving their
A farmer is expected to harvest a
of Nase-1 improved upland rice from an acre of garden
during first harvest that will be sold to the company at an agreed price of 1200
shillings per kilo.
David Ebong, the Executive director
a farmer can make about 2.5 million shillings from an acre of Nase-1 improved
upland rice after a period of 3 months from planting.
Ebong says CEPA, with financial support from Tulima
solar, has established modern agricultural capability including among others 4000
solar watts at a tune of 32 million to address the challenge of post harvest
handling. He asks farmers to form groups and address the issue of poor quality to
boost market of their produce.
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Mike Ngura, the Kwania District
Coordinator for CEPA-Uganda, says CEPA is giving out inputs to farmers at no cost
but payable after the harvest at the time of selling to the company as per the
He encouraged farmers to embrace commercial rice
farming in order to improve on their livelihoods.
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James Abili, a resident of Awei Village Abany parish
in Abongomola Sub County Kwania district who has planted 5 acres of upland rice
believes the new project will uplift him from poverty and is encouraging other farmers to embrace
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Another farmer identified as Santa Alum, a resident
of Abura trading center in Nambieso Sub County, has welcomed the project with
excitement. She is optimistic to reap big from her 7 acre rice farm and
improve on her household income.
Clean Energy Partnership for Africa, (CEPA) a
nongovernmental organisation based in Apac District in partnership with Fol
Logistic, Tulima Solar and Equity bank has so far registered 1,086 farmers in
Kwania, Apac and Oyam districts who will be supported with farm inputs for
large scale production of rice in an estimated 4,000 acres of land.
The Organisation is targeting to enroll more than
10,000 farmers in Northern-Uganda within a period of three years to promote
both rice and vegetable commercial production for exports according to David
Ebong, the Executive Director, CEPA-Uganda.