The farmers note that, unlike the bureaucratic system of selling sugarcane, which involves powerful middlemen to procure sale permits at the expense of smallholder farmers, cocoa exporters directly purchase the fruits from the farmers, hence enabling them to individually negotiate for competitive prices.
A section of
farmers in Luuka district has resolved to clear sugarcane plantations to
create land for cocoa growing.
of cocoa costs between 4,000-7,000 Shillings and since farmers harvest fruits
all year long, they can ably have steady incomes to cater to all their
note that, unlike the bureaucratic system of selling sugarcane, which involves
powerful middlemen to procure sale permits at the expense of smallholder
farmers, cocoa exporters directly purchase the fruits from the farmers, hence
enabling them to individually negotiate for competitive prices.
argue that cocoa plants are resistant to pests and diseases, which relieves the
farmers of the excess funds spent on procuring pesticides and hiring extension
Naigaga, a resident of Mawembe village says that cocoa is less time-consuming
during the planting process, hence allowing farmers to spend their surplus time on other income-generating activities.
only weed twice during the first nine months after planting, which provides
them with surplus time to engage in other equally income-generating
activities,” she says.
Karim Isabirye, a resident of Naigobya says that he had spent 20 years in
sugarcane growing, but efforts to better his livelihood were frustrated due
to unstable prices and manipulation by middlemen.
stresses that, since cocoa allows farmers to intercrop with food crops, it
enables them to earn sustainable incomes and daily food supplies throughout the
//cue in: “napangisaku ebikaddo…
Cue out…mumaka gange,”.
Yakub Kibowa, a resident of Kasozi village says that the current fuel prices
have since contributed to the skyrocketing truck hiring prices and small
acreage farmers, cannot effectively transport their sugarcane to the neighboring
factories after harvest.
stresses that he plans to intercrop coffee with cocoa, so as to boost his
“tujiile nga tulima…
a consortium of several activities ranging from planting, harvesting, and
transportation, which attracts agriculture extension workers and casual
laborers alike, to boost the farmers' efforts throughout the production chain.
estimated that 62% of the homesteads in Luuka district either directly or
indirectly derive their livelihoods from sugarcane plantations.