Value-addition and marketing of sustainable agriculture produce By Farming Communities in Northern Uganda
While the agricultural activities of small-scale farmers of the working communities are rather productive, the produce hardly gets processed. A successful agricultural sector requires adequate attention to all elements in the value chain though, from production to marketing.
Farmers generally lack the knowledge and skills, expertise, contacts and resources, to process their agricultural produce, improve the quality of the processed foods and market them. Adding value and selling processed products offers many opportunities; an increase in productivity , an increase in the nutritional value of the diets of farming families, the generation of extra income, and the encouragement of the local economy
To develop the missing linkage and Promote innovative agriculture for improved livelihoods hence get better incomes and improve livelihoods of poor people in Chegere Sub-county in Apac ,Bala in Kole and Boroboro in Lira District, Makerere university under the department of Soil Science has been working with farming communities in the above mentioned areas to enhance productivity and competitiveness of smallholder agriculture, as well as responsiveness and impact of universities in agricultural development under its project of Community Action Research Project
Key aspects that has been and it’s still being addressed includes: value addition and product diversification, market information, entrepreneurial and business skills training, group development, leadership and conflict management
It’s really interesting and exciting to see farmers in our communities perform or have practical application of what they are taught/ trained on especially in agriculture where farmers are always robbed off their agricultural produces by middle men and or retailers
Farmers of Apac, Chegere sub-county, Amoladyang, aumi 9 Bala subcounty Kole and Boroboro in Lira District now have reasons to smile as they have been empowered and taught ways and skills of adding value to their Agricultural produce in situation where prices are low , they can add value and by doing it, it will stop them from selling it cheaply and also, it can help farmers get/ fetch better market and increases incomes in their house hold. As observed in Pictures below, CARP project ensures farmers capacity are built and developed through practicing innovative agriculture and adding values.
These initiatives were made possible with Funding support from Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) through Makerere university department of soil science and Agricultural College in partnership with Women Of Uganda Network- WOUGNET/ Kubere Information Centre – Apac
Under the community Action Research project, value addition concept and techniques have become quite common in communities of Chegere in Apac, Amoladyang in Bala and Aumi 9 in Kole and Boroboro in Lira District. Farmers are grateful to RUFORUM for the funding support and guidance from Makerere University through the CARP PROJECT and Master students who are always there for them and have made it possible for them to get skills in value addition and WOUGNET for their continues linkage to farming communities.
Lillian Mercy Apio, Information Officer – KIC /WOUGNET – Apac District.