Farmers ask government to halt maize exportation
Posted Monday, November 4 2013 at 02:00
Masaka- Masaka farmers want government to institute a ban on maize exports in an effort to reduce the escalating price of animal feeds.
The farmers, who were meeting Animal Husbandry minister Bright Rwamirama during an agriculture sector review field visit in Masaka last week, said there is need to regulate exportation of the grain that is being exported to Kenya and Tanzania.
“Tanzania and Kenya don’t export their maize to Uganda but we still do. That is putting the prices of animal feeds up,” Mr Peter Lubyayi, a poultry and cattle farmer in Nyendo noted.
Ms Prosy Mutumba, the Masaka district production officer, explained the prices of maize brand and silver fish, which are the main ingredients of animal feed, are too high necessitating urgent government intervention.
The price of a Kilogramme of silver fish rose from Shs900 to between Shs3,500 and Shs4,000, while maize brand rose from Shs320 to Shs800 a Kilogramme. This has put poultry farmers out of business because of the high operational costs.
Ministry gives loans
State Minister for Animal Industry Bright Rwamirama said they have started giving farmers loans to start processing maize with the intention of keeping it on the local market.
He said if farmers start realising the profit from processed maize then they will stop selling it abroad.
“We have already ear-marked a fund in the budget to improve on the agro-credit facility for farmers and entrepreneurs,” he said.