Barley production in Bukwo doubles
Posted Tuesday, October 29 2013 at 01:00
Barley has become a key cash crop in Bukwo District besides maize and wheat.
Barley production in Bukwo District has more than doubled giving farmers a window of opportunity to have an alternative source of income.
The surge in yields is attributed to better agronomic practices, including the use of machinised technology and fertilisers.
For instance, Mr Boniface Muneria, a barley farmer in Bukwo who ploughed 22 acres this year, harvested 240 bags of the crop worth Shs26 million compared to about Shs11 million he earned from eight acres a year ago.
This, according to Mr Muneria, has been possible through extension services offered by Nile Breweries, one of the largest consumers of barely.
The company uses barley as a key ingredient in the manufacture of its beer products.
Although most farmers in Bukwo are still involved in smallholder farming, many of them are increasing their acreage to move into commercial barley farming.
Bukwo is mainly known for growing maize and wheat, however, barley is quickly picking as an alternative.
This, according to farmers, has been precipitated by a readily available market that the crop enjoys.
The crop is mainly sold to Nile Breweries Limited and the firm has been a key ingredient in the promotion of its growing in Bukwo.
The firm provides items like free seedlings, fertilisers as well as providing combined harvests to farmers with large harvests.
Last year, Sebei region under the Greater Sebei combined harvester scheme produced about 550 metric tonnes of barley which was significantly low according to NBL the lead consumer.
However, according to available information about 568 tonnes have so far been harvested with more than 500 yet to be harvested.
“We expect over 3,120 metric tonnes from Bukwo this year,” Mr Augustine Labu, the assistant farm manager of Bukwo Barley Nucleus Farm said.
A kilogramme of barley is currently selling at Shs1,100, up from Shs900 it sold a year ago.