The centre worth 280 million shillings was obtained through a partnership with the Uganda Communication Commission-UCC, to support farmers get updated information on agriculture and marketing to boost their productivity and incomes.
Buddu Agricultural Farmers Association-BAFFA which operates in
Lwengo District has secured a resource centre to improve agricultural
productivity in the area.
The centre worth 280 million shillings was obtained through a partnership
with the Uganda Communication Commission- UCC, to support farmers get updated
information on agriculture and marketing to boost their productivity and
Established in Ssenya village, Kkingo Sub County, the centre has
been equipped with ten computers and latest farming software like farm plan and
crop plan and connected to the internet.
Ponsiano Matovu, the Chairperson for Buddu Agricultural Farmers
Association-BAFFA, says the center is a blessing to local farmers who will have
the opportunity to receive reliable solutions and new techniques of crop and
animal husbandry for improving their farm productivity.
He says that the farmers will now be able to carry out research online and get
reliable solutions to their challenges as well as consulting farming experts
and colleagues both locally and internationally as a way of promoting rural
According to Matovu, the centre will also serve as a training centre
on better farming practices for youth and rural women.
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Doctor Dick Nuwamanya Kamuganga, the President of the Uganda Farmers Federation
noted that it is part of their three-year partnership project with the UCC,
aimed at empowering farmers with digital skills required for their advancement.
He explains that they intend to use the resource pioneer
project which will form a basis for enrolling it across the different parts of
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Nuwamanya is optimistic that the resource centre will substitute the work
of agricultural extension workers by providing farmers with information
whenever they need it and avoid the tedious bureaucratic tendencies.
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Joseph Ssekkeba, a farmer wants the government to supplement the
project with additional modern technologies of irrigation and artificial
insemination kits that are non-existent in the area.
The resource centre was established to benefit over 350 farmers
subscribing to BAFFA, drawn from the districts of Lwengo, Masaka and Bukomansimbi.