Wednesday June 4 2014

Budaka farmers get skills in cassava growing

By Mudangha Kolyangha

Budaka Rural Development Organisation (Burudeo) in partnership with Kilimo Trust have embarked on training farmers in Budaka District on better ways of growing cassava.

Pherry Sabano Kabanda, chairperson, Burudeo, said that the training is intended to empower farmers to take agriculture as business.

According to Ms Kabanda, the organisation has hundreds of members in Budaka engaged in cassava growing and multiplication. “There are improved cassava varieties that are tolerant to pests and resistant to diseases, the use of fertilisers will complement efforts to boost yields and also meet the market demand.”

Ready market
She told the farmers at the one-day training, held at Kamonkoli Primary School that there is a ready market for the cassava as Burudeo is currently contracted to supply 600 tonnes of cassava.

Moses Duncan Kalende, from Kilimo Trust, who was the main trainer urged the farmers to venture into commercialisation of cassava since it has a lot of industrial uses. He cited gali, which is processed by the 230-member Pallisa Agriculture Training Association, as an example.

John Kalombo, one of the participants, remarked that the training was timely because it would help them to put the skills learned into practice.