A new farming project has been launched in Masaka sub-region to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Sustainable Enterprises for Trade Engagement (Sente) was launched on September 12, in Kalisizo Town, Rakai District, at a function held at the offices of Community Enterprises Development Organisation (Cedo).
It was presided over by Vincent Mayiga, the Pokino (traditional chief of Masaka) and attended by Stephen Ssenkima Kato, country director, Lutheran World Relief (LWR).
LWR and Progreso’ are financing the project to the tune of more than Shs1.7b, according to Ssenkima.
He promised that if the money is well utilised, LWR will be encouraged to make more and even bigger contributions to support the project. He also encouraged the farmers to adopt modern farming practices and to use high-yielding seeds.
Sente, which will last three years and four months, is expected to directly benefit 15,000 farmers and about 12,000 other people indirectly. This is according to the project coordinator, Ritha Florence Namuyanja.
The targeted smallholder farmers are in Masaka, Kalungu, Ssembabule, Lyantonde, Lwengo, Bukomansimbi and Rakai districts and they must be engaged in growing beans, maize and coffee.
The project is supported by a consortium of three organisations through which the money will reach the farmers.
In addition to Cedo, there is West Buganda Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union (WEBCOFCU), and South Western Producers Cooperative Union (SWEPCU).
The components of the project will include training of farmers to business planning and record keeping, marketing, crop insurance, fair trade principles and practices among others.
At the event, Mayiga appealed to the farmers participating in the project to work with diligence and thanked CEDO, WEBCOFCU and SWEPCU for their partnership in implementing Sente’s activities.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor