More than 18,000 farmers in Northern Uganda are enrolled in an ongoing campaign to connect smallholder and rural farmers to agribusiness organisations, removing the necessity of middlemen, as well as easing access to finance.
The project, Supporting Framers’ Cooperatives for Sustainable Linkages with Agribusiness for the market, was launched in Gulu and Kitgum and has so far extended to West Nile.
The project spearheaded by a not-for-profit company, Agripoint Initiatives Ltd is a response to the low earnings by the rural farmers from their products, with most of the value going to middlemen or traders.
The farmers, organized in groups will now be able to sell directly to processors or exporters, but also find it easy to access extension and advisory services finance as this initiative is helping them get more organized.
The Managing Director, Agripoint Initiatives, Humphrey Mutaasa says that they have also partnered with financing organisation to cover two-thirds of the costs of inputs the farmers use.