By our reporter
Farmers in Kasese District are decrying the lack of quality bean seeds in the local grain stores. Henry Mutabazi, a farmer in Mubuku says he has failed to access the K bean seed variety in local markets.
He was forced to re-plant some of the seeds he stored from the last season. Mutabazi is worried that lack of quality seeds means they will have low output from the next harvest.
Charles Nyamutale, another commercial farmer in Mubuku told URN reporter that he has also failed to get farmer tender K varieties on the market.
Nyamutale argues that the absence of the high yielding bean seeds means farmers will resort to less productive yellow beans and farmer’s bean locally known as kanyebwa varieties. //Cue in: Commercial varieties…
Under Mubuku Integrated Farmers Association, the former civil servant says they have been thinking aloud to mobilise farmers to engage in multiplication of seeds to avert the situation.
Mercy Kengoma, a farmer in Rukoki says due to lack of quality seeds she was forced to opt for cassava production. Julius Rukara, the Principal Production Officer Kasese district acknowledges the reduction in the availability of quality bean seeds on the market.
He blames the scarcity on the poor harvest in the last season following heavy rains.
Rukara, however, challenges farmers in the district to embrace the new bean seed varieties developed by the National Agriculture Research Organisation-NARO because of their commercial value and resistance to climate change, pests and diseases.
He says the district has contracted private companies to increase seed multiplication capacities to meet the growing demand.
The farmer groups being helped by NARO through ISSD project are Queen Farmers from Katoho and Umoja group in Mukunyu Sub County.
The new NARO bean variety costs between Shillings 4000-5000 per kilo gram.