Martine Erimu, the chairperson of the cooperative says the main objectives of the cooperative is to enable farmers access better improved varieties of seeds, advance technology and mechanization of their agricultural engagements.
More than 15,000 farmers in the Teso Sub Region have formed a cooperative
The farmers, comprising 500 groups of 30 people from districts in the region
each started in small groups five years ago as grain millers in Soroti town.
At the inaugural meeting at Soroti Municipal Council on Thursday, the farmers
opened an account and elected board members to steer the development of the
cooperative. Each member contributes 10,000 shillings for registration and
20,000 shillings for buying a share.
The Teso Grain, Rice Millers, Processing and Marketers Association- TEGRIMMA, is
expected to boost production, add value to the produce to enable farmers to improve
on their livelihoods and financial independence.
Martine Erimu, the chairperson of the cooperative says the main objective is to
enable farmers to access better-improved varieties of seeds, advance technology
and mechanization of their agricultural engagements.
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The grain cooperative joins other cooperative unions like Teso Cooperative
Union dealing with cereals, Teso Fruits Tropical Cooperative dealing with
citrus, Katine Joint Farmers’ Cooperative Society dealing with groundnuts, among
Joy Christine Apolot, the commercial officer in Soroti District says the
establishment of the cooperative is a solution to middlemen and financial aid
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While Teso used to trade cotton in the cooperatives decades ago, the changing
trends now see most of the Iteso sell food crops like maize, cassava, sorghum, sim,
among others as cash crops.
Others are embarking on sunflower but all these ventures have seen
several families suffer food shortages.
The situation has been made worse with the changing rain patterns that have
seen many farmers count losses during drought and rainy seasons.