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Agri-Input Supply And Agribusiness Services Spotlight Of The Week- INCREASING BUSINESS PROFITABILITY

Agri-Input Supply and Agribusiness Services Spotlight of the Week- INCREASING BUSINESS PROFITABILITY

  • Water and Pumps International Limited (WPIL), an irrigation company collaborating with Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (FtF IAM) Activity to scale the adoption of small-scale irrigation kits among 1,500 Small Holder Farmers (SHFs) in Western Uganda, reported sales worth UGX 150,828,078 (USD 42,487) for the month of May. WPIL also reported UGX 48,075,000 (USD 13,542) and UGX 8,022,800 (USD 592.4) in sales through Equity bank and SACCOs (Ruhiira SACCO and Rushere SACCO) from March-May, 2022, which were facilitated by the recruited WPIL Community Agri-input Agents. These initial sales are a good indication that the marketing and irrigation promotion model is seeing early results. WPIL seeks to boost sales through SACCOs and Equity bank by embarking on an intensive advertisement and awareness campaign among SACCO members and Equity bank clients while leveraging on the sales and marketing teams for the institutions.

 

  • FtF IAM partners collaborating under the COVID-19 promotional input support continue to make progress in Season A and in preparation for Season B. Some examples include:
    • Export Trading Group (ETG), an international agro-input company and trader is leveraging FtF IAM’s COVID-19 support funding to expand input distribution in underserved Ugandan markets, increasing its visibility and strengthening market connections in the Lango and Karamoja sub-regions. ETG will offer promotional inputs to 1500 farmers with a promotional discount rate (35% in season B and 15% in season A of 2023). This week ETG met with cooperatives (Nyekorac, Alito Joint, Achochomio) and agro-dealers (Lira farmers Center, Noble farmers center, and Oasis) in Lira, Kole, and Oyam. ETG will also meet with the District Agricultural Officer on June 9, 2022 to introduce the activity and their collaboration with the input sector.
    • Agrisol Africa limited a private input distribution company, is also leveraging the FtF IAM funding under the COVID-19 promotional inputs intervention to expand and invest in last-mile input distribution models. Agrisol uses village agents to increase the adoption of quality agro-inputs, mechanization, and digital technologies (Yaa Malu scratch cards). This week Agrisol completed an individual assessment of 12 booking agents (8 agents from the sub-counties of Agweng, Itek, Amach, Agali, and Awiodyek in Lira district and 4 agents from Omoro district, Lalogi sub-county)  based on recommendations from communities. These agents were to be trained on the use of the Vart app, how to profile farmers and how to aggregate demand for inputs on June 9, 2022.
    • FtF IAM partner Mara, a promotional agro-input distributor introducing new yield-enhancing technologies, sourced locally from YARA distributor (Faith Agro) more 1,000kgs of NPK YARA fertilizers at UGX 4,400,000 to timely respond to the demand which was aggregated by coffee advisory agents (CADAs) during farmer profiling. So far 63 farmers from Sironko and Bulambuli accessed and bought 2,200kgs of NPK fertilizers to boost the growth of their crops.
    • Uganda Oilseed Producers and Processors Association (UOSPA), a commodity umbrella association comprising of oilseed crop producers and processors are also partnering with FtF IAM under the COVID 19 response. UOSPA seeks to expand its markets, strengthen production and offer last-mile distribution of quality and affordable inputs (seeds and fertilizers) to 1,400 farmers in the districts of Bulambuli, Mbale, and Sironko through the MY-COOP digital technology. UOSPA has recruited and trained 12 MY-KOOP youth agents (50% women) on the platform use, the agents profiled 1,455 farmers (41% women) and trained a total of 295 farmers in agronomy (188 women). UOSPA has also established 8 of 12 technology demonstration plots and supported farmers to plant 140 acres of sunflowers by 38 farmers (5 women). They plan to reach more farmers with quality inputs in the second season (Season B, 2022).
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