500 plus Kwania sorghum farmers are set to benefit from a two-year Memorandum of Understanding they signed with Global Education Network.
Some of the provisions of the MoU indicate that for the next two years, GENU is meant to supply farmers with at least 500 metric tons of quality seeds at lower prices and when it’s time for harvest, buy the produce at farm gate prices.
On behalf of the farmers, Mr. Washington Onyum the General Secretary Kwania District Farmers’ Association signed while Mr. Bongomin Zorish Lander, Executive Director of the Global Education Network singed the MoU. This MoU is in partnership with Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) and KCB Bank.
They further informed that the MoU signed between both parties is meant to cut down on the deep poverty levels among the Kwania local population.
In total, there are about 518 farmers who belong to the umbrella body of sorghum farmers in Kwania and are part of various sub-counties which include Inomo, Abongomola, Aduku, Nambieso and Chawente.
Aside from Kwania, GENU shall partner with other sorghum growing districts especially in Northern Uganda which include Lira, Dokolo, Alebtong, Otuke, Kole, Lamwo, Kitgum and Pader in a two year long period.
The Chairperson Kwania district Farmers’ Association, Mr. George Ebong while speaking to media said that the partnership with GENU is such a big boost to the steadily growing farmers’ group.
While other farmers are thrilled by the new partnership which they believe is an opportunity to reap big, others are worried that lack of modern farming methods shall limit on their output and may lead to disappointments.
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Mr. Bongomin advises farmers to change the breed of sorghum they have been growing and adopt to the hybrid variety that is best suited for beer brewing seeing as one of their partners is Uganda Breweries Limited.
“With the market demand by the brewing industries, farmers should shift to growing hybrid varieties that are suitable for brewing beer and are in high demand that is the only way to go,” he said.