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AGRI INPUT SUPPLY AND AGRIBUSINESS SERVICES SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK OF JUNE 27, 2022.

AGRI INPUT SUPPLY AND AGRIBUSINESS SERVICES SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK OF JUNE 27, 2022.

In partnership with agri-input distributors, the Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (FtF IAM) Activity is co-investing in business models that increase the last-mile distribution of quality agricultural inputs. During the week of June 28, 2022,  Agro Supply introduced the use of a USSD code (Dial *284*43#) and scratch cards plus mobile money to offer farmers a layaway option to save toward inputs purchase. This system helps farmers save the money they need to purchase quality inputs on time. To date, Agro Supply has enabled 4,433 farmers to save UGX 150,650,000 (est. $40,133) which they plan to redeem for maize seeds (9,470kgs), soybean (3,372kgs) and sorghum (6,650kgs).

Under the COVID-19 Market Resilience Facility, FtF IAM contracted seven (7) agro-input distributors to offer discounted seeds and fertilizers to about 13,000 farmers negatively impacted by COVID-19. As a result, partners are creating business relationships and synergies with output markets and financial institutions/investors beyond the initial scope. This week FtF IAM visited Rubanga cooperative, which has signed five purchase contracts with buyers from Switzerland, South Africa, Netherlands, and Belgium, securing export supply contracts worth UGX. 3.8 billion (est. $1 million) for April-June,2022 and has secured finance from three investors (Rabo Bank, Shared Interest, and Uganda Development Bank), which it has started to advance to its farmers as surety for the farmers to supply coffee to the cooperative. It will also be using the finance from UDB to set up a grading facility and store.

Kotido Central Vet Care (KCVC), a veterinary inputs company, is scaling quality veterinary inputs and services to 15,000 smallholder farmers. KCVC selected 44 (15 women) trainers among 128 Community Animal Health in Abim Karenga, Kaabong Kotido. They will train the trainers to offer extension services at village level on areas like livestock management practices and disease identification while marketing KCVC products.

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