Over 220 farmer groups in Apac district will be empowered with agricultural information that would boost their productivity in the subsequent five calendar years effective February 2018.
The development was revealed to reporters by Mr. Remison Otim, the chairperson of Apac district farmer’s association (ADFA) at the ‘farmers’ house at Apac district headquarters on Friday morning.
Mr. Otim was unveiling the upcoming Market led User ICT for agriculture enabled information service, a five years project that will be funded with support from the republic of Netherlands.
He said the information would have applications on mobile phones when the project will aid the association (ADFA) by upgrading four existing Village Loans and Savings Associations to Savings (VSLAs) and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOs).
Mr Denis Eduka, the association’s coordinator to the national farmers’ federation of Uganda later noted that the project will secure farmer’s crops at shs 14,000 per hectare of four varieties of crops including maize, beans, soya beans, and simsim.
He said the insurance will cover purely the crops affected by the climate change and an hectare will be compensated to a tune of shs 290,000 (two hundred ninety thousand shillings only).
On why only four varieties, Mr Eduka said he is a crop scientist and said those are the crops grown by over 180 affiliate groups out of 220 farmer groups subscribed to ADFA.
The association (ADFA) covers the ten indigenous sub counties and two town councils in Apac, with 6173 male and 3290 female totaling to 2833 farmers.
By Daniel Okwir.Apac.