By Baguma David
In bid to archive the national dream Vision 2040, KRC with support from World Food Program (WFP) under the Agricultural Market Support project have walked the talk since 2016 when the program was introduced in Kyangwali refugee settlement in Hoima district.
Through this program the livelihoods of the people in this community are on a steady acceleration evidenced by many indicators among which are formation of Farmer Organizations (FOs) which are composed of many Rural Producer Organizations (RPOs) these are meant to help in addressing the farmers’ problems like access to better markets for better prices of their produce since poor prices is a major problem the farmers are facing in this area. Coming together to form Farmer Organizations also makes the farmers stronger to even purchase more sustainable value addition plants, through their FOs the farmers are able to access agro-inputs which they did this season and they were able to procure over 1500kgs of improved maize seeds which will improve production.
Through the established Farmer organizations, it will also be easy for farmers to benefit from other developmental government programs like Operation wealth creation and Youth livelihood Program
As part of the activities under this program the leadership of the farmers was taken to Kyaka II refugee settlement for an exposure visit about collective bulking and marketing to share ideas and learn more about the operation and management of the Farmer Organization in Kyaka II as these two areas have one common goal to achieve. The farmer leaders who were taken for the exposure visit were urged to work as ambassadors of development, implement and practice the new innovations they learnt from the visit for the entire community to benefit.
KRC’s livelihoods intervention in Kyangwali Refugees settlement has been welcomed with open arms and many farmers are embracing this bulking and collective marketing approach through their respective rural producer organizations (RPOs) so as to benefit from the attendant range of beneficial outcomes. Such as linkages to agro input dealers, where they easily access better and improved, quality farm inputs, good farming/agronomic practices, post-harvest handling practicesand market linkages to mention but a few.
One Habimana Munyuza– a member of Pamoja farmers group in Kyebitaka village who has over the years been planting maize, using the locally saved seeds from previous harvest and getting very low output/yields.
Habimana says that while passing by a place called Kagoma near the refugee reception center, he saw a rice field and was instantaneously captivated by the urge to venture into the rice farming enterprise.
However, so many questions brewed in his mind and without hesitating he approached KRC for more advise on his new found love. Indeed KRC gave him the much sought advisory service
These are among the many other benefits farmers are enjoying since KRC started working in Kyangwali refugee settlement; in fact KRC has turned into their second home, and the impact is being immensely felt across the whole settlement,.
And with the rice prices in the country rapidly moving upwards we are optimistic that the refugee farmers in Kyangwali will soon become the model farmers in the region