Hajji Hassan Katureebe, a farmer of Magoba pumpkin from Lwengo district, is among the more than 200 exhibitors at this year's edition of the Harvest Money Expo at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.
With HK horticulture and herbal medicine stall, he is one of the farmers with arguably the biggest pumpkins on display.
Six years ago, alongside his team, Katureebe decided to participate at Namboole Stadium with no idea how big and famous his pumpkins would be years later.
With the success gained, they decided to always book a stall every year.
This year, Katureebe brought along the shell of the pumpkin he showcased at the inaugural Harvest Money Expo. So why does he keep coming back.
"This is a farming show, a place where we farmers get a chance to come as a group and serve the nation with information concerning farming, but also to show and sell our products produced at our farms without any inconvenience," says Katureebe.
"It's also a place where we get to share ideas and help each other. I have made friends here who come to my farm and guide me.
"My products have improved over time because of the wisdom I get from such shows.” Twelve-year-old Kamila Muhapa and Gregory Kintu are among the exciting exhibitors at the Harvest Money Expo at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds teaching maggot rearing.
The children, from Dr Naluyima and MST Junior School, are educating participants on how to rear maggots.
Kintu rears his own maggots at school and feeds them to his poultry and pigs. Washington Mugerwa, the director of MST Junior school, says pupils are offered land where they can farm and sell their produce.
“On maggots, we study the lifecycle of a housefly in class. We really wanted them to have the practical bit of the curriculum. The proceeds are then banked as a way of teaching them to save,” she said.
Muhapa and Kintu have managed to make some money, a big motivation for them to pursue farming.
As they tenderly sift through the maggots, observers are left amazed at how easily the kids do it; how they got interested in would pick interest in farming maggots of all things. During the Harvest Money Expo training at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds, bee keeping farmers have been warned against spraying and killing honey bees.
Alice Kangave, an expert in bee keeping and director of Bee Centre Enterprises, said on Saturday that humans can’t live without honey bees.
Many farmers, she said, are unaware of the role these insects play as pollinators to crops.
“Ironically, most farmers bring fertilizers and do all the irrigation while chasing away honey bees and forget that these are key pollinators to most crops,” said Kangave.
While training bee keeping enthusiasts, she said that 80% of crops in Uganda depend on bees as their pollinators. But that because many of them are smoked away , it is unsurprising that most fruits and food on market are tasteless and unattractive .
Kangave urged farmers to be more friendly, provide water and create a safe space for honey bees because they play a key role in the production of food through pollination. Rabbits are known to be animals that require tender loving care, are fragile and can die easily. But there is a growing market demand for them.
For a farmer seeking to venture into rabbit farming, there are things you should know before starting out.
"Avoid excitement," advised Dr. Beatrice Luzobe, a rabbit trainer, at the Harvest Money Expo on Saturday.
"First understand what you are going into. Know what you want to do. Set clear and realistic goals."
To understand rabbits, she listed several facts a prospective farmer should know:
-They need care
-They are affected more by heat than cold
-They don't smell
-They multiple quickly and a female rabbit can conceive on the very day it gives birth. So a farmer should be alert.
-They require very little space Good morning everyone. It is the second day of the 2022 Harvest Money Expo here at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.
The agricultural expo, a blend of exhibitions and trainings, got under way on Friday, officially opened by agriculture minister Frank Tumwebaze.
Source: New Vision