By Vanansio Kakogoso
The Rukiga district Vice Chairman Jackson Muganizi lashed at farmers for acquiring loans of crops in gardens, before they are harvested,
Muganizi said this yesterday launching four demonstration irrigation sites at rukiga district headquartes constructed by Kachwekano Zonal Agriculture Research Institute-KAZARDI in Kamwezi Sub County, at a function held at sub county head quarters in Rukiga district.
The sites are a demonstration to enable farmers learn sustainable land management (SLM) to overcome land degradation under Agricultural Technology and Agribusiness Advisory Services Project (ATAAS).
The project was designed to support the implementation of the full National programs of National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) and the second Phase of National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS).
Muganizi said that many borrowers cheat farmers when crops are still in gardens before harvesting. He noted when prices shoot high some farmers tend to refuse to pay back the owners of loans which has increased violence and crimes in the district.
The Director of Kachwekano Zonal Agriculture Research Institute Dr Alex Barekye asked farmers to harvest rainwater which they can use for irrigation during long spells of drought.
The Research officer and program leader of Technology Promotion Kachwekano Zonal Agriculture Research Institute Amos Mutayomba asked farmers to grow high value crops like tomatoes, onions, carrots among others, if they are to realize profits. He also said that they project cost KAZARDI 50 million shillings to construct the four demonstration sites.
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