Lango region farmers are reaping big after adopting modern agronomic practices, introduced by Sasakawa Global 2000 Uganda, a program initiated to transfer improved agricultural technologies to enhance food security and household incomes of smallholder farmers.
The beneficiaries, from the districts of Kwania, Apac and Dokolo adopted the use of technologies for value addition, fertilizers and planting crops in line as opposed to the local practice of sowing.
Moses Alele, a resident of Ojero village in Dokolo says he was trained on how to plant his crops in lines and applying fertilizers, a practice which later improved his annual yields. Alele, who earns about 15 million Shillings every year from the sale of maize and soybeans has been able to acquire two grinding machines, motorcycle and bought land for his family.
Anna Grace Aciro, a resident of Abuli village Apac Sub County is another resident whose life has changed since she adopted modern farming methods. Aciro owns about seven acres of land which she bought in 2017 using the money got from farming.
Every year, Aciro gets between 15 and 20 million Shillings from planting soybeans and maize.
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Aciro, also a member of Atana Women’s Group says she has been training her other group members to adopt modern farming practices of planting crops using fertilizers among others. Sara Acen, a resident of Kwera sub-county says her annual crops harvest has also improved from less than 500 kilograms of soya beans to about 2 tons per season.
James Murangira, the post-harvest specialist officer at Sasakawa Global 2000 says that close to 90 farmers in Lango were part of the first group to be trained on farming as a business. Murangira says the farmers were trained in best agronomic practices and also linked to those technology sellers.
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However, Nancy Atoke, an Agri-input dealer at Apac Farmers’ Care in Apac town who has been supplying improved seeds and fertilizers to farmers, notes that most farmers have not been able to adopt new farming practices due to lack of knowledge.
This particular project of promoting farming as a business is being implemented in about 22 districts, across the country.