Monday August 18 2014

Luweero farmers demand subsidies

By Dan Wandera

Luweero- Farmers in Luweero District have blamed the lack of growth in agriculture to the high prices of inputs which render the occupation on which the national economy hinges expensive.

“While government is encouraging us to invest in agriculture projects for income generation, the high prices paid for the farm inputs render our participation in agriculture projects not viable,” Ms Joan Namirembe, a farmer from Kikyusa, said on Saturday.

The farmers listed the much needed, but costly inputs as; seeds, fertilisers and pesticides. They pointed out that food security and income generation at household level can only be boosted through government intervention to subsidise farm inputs.

During a recent meeting with the Luweero Woman MP, Ms Brenda Nabukenya, the farmers said the quality and volume of yields can only be boosted if government subsidises the poor rural farmers.
They said the suppliers of agricultural inputs blame the high prices they charge on high taxes levied by the government.

Ms Nabukenya said the high taxes imposed on farm inputs undermine the crusade for food security because the highest percentage of the population engaged in farming for livelihood are poor peasants.

“We cannot battle government to have these prices reduced as Members of Parliament but a combined force backed by the farmers will create impact,” she said.