Coffee farmers in Kyandu cell Kisinga town council, Kasese district
are decrying the invasion of pests and disease that have attacked their coffee
According to some of the farmers, the coffee seeds change colour
from red to black.
Patrick Kyamanduma an active a coffee farmer in Kisinga town council says the pests
and diseases have affected their expected output.
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Joshua Bwambale another farmer adds that diseases coupled with poverty, the
farmers have been forced to harvest their coffee when it’s still
Joshua says this has continued to compromise the quality and market of the
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Immaculate Athungu a coffee farmer in Muhookya says her 4 acres of coffee were
hit by a strange disease.
Though she accessed numerous pesticides to contain the disease, she still lost
nearly half of her field.
John Buhanga another farmer says the main trigger of the harvesting of green
berries and limited management is baiting poverty among coffee farmers. He says
the demands including school fees, force many farmers to harvest immature
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Cue out: …akagiira eki wasagisaho.”//
The Managing Director for Agri Evolve Jonny Roland encourages farmers to invest
in the products if they want to reap the best return.
He observes that some farmers are skeptical when it comes to
buying pesticides even when they are readily available on the market.
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Charles Nyamutale, a retired former Kasese Agricultural
officer and an active farmer, however, calls on the government to intensify
training among farmers in pest and disease control.
“Once farmers are trained, they can observe and manage these diseases,”
Julius Rukara, the Kasese principal Agriculture officer notes
that the district has been teaming up with UCDA to train farmers on disease and
He, however, notes that some farmers continue to neglect the guidance given to