Kyegegwa is the latest district to get a grain store as part of the government’s plans to reduce post-harvest losses.
The 300-metric ton store, which is located in Katente village in Kyegegwa town council – was constructed by the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP).
According to NAADS, through these stores, small-hold farming communities are able to access formal markets through group bulking and marketing.
The Chairperson LC5 Kyegegwa district John Byamukama, who revealed that the store was the first of its kind in the district where 95 percent of the people are farmers – urged farmers to desist from selling maize from the gardens to get quick money.
“If Kyegegwa is to get value for money from the store, all the grain farmers should use the store to bulk maize and ensure that they bring quality maize,” said Byamukama.
After thanking the government for the store, the farmers asked Government to consider setting up a maize mill in the area to add value to their maize and tap into the available market in Kyaka refugee camp which is located within the district.
The Manager Technical and Agribusiness Services, who represented the Executive Director NAADS Dr. Christopher Bukenya said NAADS will continue to work with other partners to address the challenges still faced by the farmers especially the maize mill which farmers said is urgently needed.