in Kasese District have decried the lack of market for their harvest. The farmers
also say that most of the apple-growing areas have poor transport network,
which affects their access to the market.
farmers have embraced the awareness campaign by Operation Wealth Creation-OWC –on
growing fruits such as apples for commercial purposes, the farmers say they are
being frustrated by numerous gaps.
the chairperson Kasese Apple Growers Association-KAGA, says that the lack of market
for their harvest has continued frustrating their efforts to fight poverty in
Kimadi decries the poor road infrastructure in the
mountainous areas where apples are grown.
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Kimadi asks the government to support the association with motorcycles to help them
link farmers to markets and extension services.
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Paul Mbwambale, a farmer from Kyarumba Sub County, says that the low price of
their harvest due to the absence of local market has discouraged most farmers
from investing more money into apple growing.
He says that they are selling each fruit between Shillings 300 and 500 shilling
to a few supermarkets in Kasese town. Bwambale says the seasonal returns are
very low compared to the cost of production.
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Mary Kabughoa, a farmer from Kisinga Sub County says that they have
started selling their harvest at a give-away price to middlemen due to low
She says that she is failing to buy manure to better her farm due
to the absence of resources.
“The biggest challenge currently is the lack of a wider market, locals in our areas here
want the apples for free while clients from town are giving us very low prices,”
Simon Kabali, another farmer calls upon the government to establish a fruit factory
in the area as part of the strategy to absorb their harvest. But Julius Rukara,
the Kasese District Agriculture Officer blames farmers for working in
Rukara thinks that if farmers are organized in groups, they can
easily find a suitable market even beyond Kasese District.
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Denis Iga, the Rwibitaba Zonal Agricultural Development Officer Rwenzori region,
says through AGRILED government is constructing an industrial park that will
among others host a fruit factory.
He says this will be an opportunity for
the farmers to have both the market and better prices for their harvest.