Grace Kazigate Fatumah, a member of The National Agriculture Advisory Services-NAADS secretariat she says the recent NAADS assessment findings on apple growing across the country indicate an observable lack of skills among farmers and extension workers on how the crop is planted, maintained and marketed.
Apple farmers in
Kasese District have been advised to improve on their agronomic practices to
increase on the productivity and quality of their produce.
They have also been reminded to make better use of information technology
to have better crop, fertilizer and pesticide selection and step up their integration
into the wide apple value chain.
Fatumah, a member of The National
Agriculture Advisory Services-NAADS
secretariat she says the recent NAADS assessment findings on apple growing
across the country indicate an observable lack of skills among farmers and
extension workers on how the crop is planted, maintained and marketed.
adds that they also established that farmers do not want to invest extensively in
crops that they receive freely from government something that affects the
general output level.
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Kazigate says they are getting on ground to ensure extension
officers and farmers are
properly trained and supported in agronomic practices. She said that
they have given farmers support under OWC in the district up to six months to
have improved on their gardens.
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Ashaba, a member of The
National Agricultural Research Organization-NARO advises apple farmers to use local methods of
farming and prevention of pests and diseases than every time waiting for the
says most of the challenges results from farmer’s themselves for failing to
give attention to their gardens and responding to changes on time.
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Johnson Mwesigye, the senior Kasese District agricultural officer agrees that
the extension workers have been performing to the expectations of the farmers. However, he says they are currently re-tooling their staff to ensure there are better services being offered.
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John Kimadi, the Chairperson of Kasese Apple growers association - KAGA, also argues that improving rural infrastructure such as
roads is crucial to raising productivity through reductions in transport costs
and the loss due to fruit perishability. He also decries the lack of
extension services to answer farmer’s concerns on time.