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AGRI INPUT SUPPLY AND AGRIBUSINESS SERVICES SPOTLIGHT FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19

AGRI INPUT SUPPLY AND AGRIBUSINESS SERVICES SPOTLIGHT FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19

FtF IAM works with Kotido Central Vet Care (KCVC) to strengthen the commercial viability and capacity of the Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs) model, which is increasing access to quality veterinary inputs and livestock services for farmers and pastoralists in Kotido, Kaabong, Abim and Karenga districts of Karamoja sub-region. The CAHW model takes services closer to smallholder farmers in grazing camps. This intervention aims to increase the productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers as well as the sales and profitability of KCVC. On Tuesday, September 20, KCVC carried out a massive herd health day in Nakapelimoru Kraal and provided services to over 4,000 cattle in the Kotido district. This is one of KCVC’s more successful strategies to activate demand and KCVC made sales worth UGX 2Million (est. $522).

In 2021, FtF IAM partnered with 16 Iron Rich Bean (IRB) farmer groups and NARO to increase the production and marketing of quality declared seeds (QDS) for Iron Rich Beans (IRB) in Kaabong, Kotido, Abim, Nakapiripirit, and Napak districts of Karamoja. On Wednesday, September 21, FtF IAM organized an end-of-grant meeting in Moroto with the 16 partners and private sector actors to share experience, learn, and brainstorm on the future of seed interventions in the region. During the meeting, participants appreciated the intervention for increasing their income and for addressing food and nutritional insecurity in the region. The meeting linked IRB grain market off-takers to grain producers and created more awareness about the benefits of IRBs hence generating demand and ultimately increasing production and consumption of the IRBs. Following the closeout, FtF IAM will continue to monitor and support the IRB farmers to get a better market and is in the process of developing a joint work plan with NARO for 2023, diversifying beyond IRB to crops like green gram, soy, and sorghum and planning to bring MAAIF seed inspectors to the region for an exposure visit and to train the District Agricultural Officers (DAOs).

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