Production and Marketing
This Department is composed of Crops, Veterinary, Fisheries, Entomology, and Commercial & Trade Services. It’s mandated to transform subsistence farming to sustainable commercial agriculture for reduction of poverty and improved food security
The key activities implemented by the Department include the following.
• Farmers selection, verification & input distribution under OWC as follows: 11,095 kg Maize seed (Longe 7H), 21,070kg of NABE 17 bean seed, 30,000 budded citrus seedlings, 17,000 grafted mango seedlings, 10,000 tissue culture plantlets, 24,000 passion seedlings, 113 bags ginger seed.
• Input distribution under ATAAS to 21 beneficiary farmers groups where 22 sites were established and the following inputs received under ATAAS: Three motorized maize sheller, 20 Manual Maize shellers, 5 maize cribs constructed, Four motorized silage choppers/Fodder cutting machines, 200 Pic Bags, One roll of PVC polythene sheet for silage making, 34 tarpaulins, 8 weighing scales, 480Kg beans seed, 160Kg maize seed, 221 litres pesticides, 105 litres herbicides, 53 bags organic fertilizer, 12 Sackets rhizobia inoculants, 24 kg ridomil fungicide.
• 25 coffee nurseries verified on the quality of seedlings and 10,30,000 coffee seedling allocation of nursery operators meeting conducted
• Inputs distributed under PMG: Two fodder cutting machines, 105 tsetse traps, One microscope, 11 soil testing kits, 7 magnifying lenses.
• Capacity building of District staff by MAAIF in June to Oct 2017: Agricultural Risk Management (AO – Nkozi & AVO – Kituntu), Agribusiness management (AO – Kituntu), Post-Harvest Management & Fertilizer optimizer (SAO), Agricultural Statistics (SE), Agricultural Extension management (DPMO, DAO/PAO, DVO/PVO), PHH Handling of grains, Mindset chain, Beef and Dairy Value chain manangement
• Collection of business information, mobilizing two producer groups to form into cooperative, sensitization workshop on trade licensing and assessment of business for trade license, industrial inspection at Bujjuuko and Buyala.
• Strengthening 4 cooperatives (Kituntu farmer’s Cooperative, BOPA, KOFA, Mpigi Farmers’ Cooperative, Capitalization fund, Lobbying and advocacy, supporting cooperatives to comply with existing laws eg cooperative audit by CARITAS, Extending electricity line to BOPA proceeding unit.