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VALUE ADDITION AND QUALITY FOOD TRADE SPOTLIGHT FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 8.

VALUE ADDITION AND QUALITY FOOD TRADE SPOTLIGHT FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 8.

Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (FtF IAM) Activity is working with grain traders to facilitate access to improved agro-inputs, quality markets, and promote digital integration of smallholders and agricultural service providers into the supply chain. The partnerships enable end markets to try new approaches for increasing farmer productivity, sharing information on quality requirements, and having traceability information on suppliers.

  • The Edge Trading Limited (The Edge) a coffee trading company, purchased 34 MT of Robusta coffee from one of their aggregators, Modern Ishaka Coffee Factory, under a forward contract trade arrangement. The Edge also stocked its two agri-input shops with agri-inputs in preparation for the new season, enabling farmers to access genuine fertilizers and pesticides for their coffee farms. Farmers can buy the agri-inputs with cash while those that require credit may access the agri-inputs from the aggregators and village agents and pay back at no interest during buying time. All the inputs will be sold to the farmers at UGX 500 shillings less the market price as an incentive for improved technology adoption.

 

  • Okeba Uganda Limited, a bean and grain trading company has purchased 115MT of soybean grain at UGX 2,500 per kg from farmers in Kasese district (62MT) and Rwamwanja refugee settlement -refugees (15MT) and host community (38MT). Okeba paid an extra UGX 500 per kg (above the contract price of UGX 2,000) for quality and to compete with middlemen. However, Okeba reported low productivity among its farmers due to the prolonged drought, especially in Isingiro where there was a total crop failure.
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