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Sesame oil production continues to waver

By Acayo Christine Gloria, Media and Communication officer The demand for sesame oil on both the local and international markets is increasing day by day especially by the Middle East and Asian markets. Its production however is still unreliable because Uganda rather exports sesame in seed form other than as refined oil and this is mainly due to the inefficient manual harvesting process required to extract the oil. Due to its low productivity, sesame oil ranks only ninth among…

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How radio can promote agribusiness

The media is an enormously powerful tool that can deliver information, provide platforms for debate, open channels of communication, increase understanding of complex issues thereby empowering people. The media plays an important role in initiating and sustaining many of the development programs and has been recognized as the most effective and efficient medium of communication in agribusiness especially for rural livelihoods. This is because it reaches over 70% of rural households in Uganda for it is easily accessible and…

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Shea Butter – Uganda’s hidden treasure

Shea butter or as it is commonly known ‘Moo yao’ in Lango is an indigenous fruit tree that grows mostly in northern Uganda. Its fat containing kernels are sold both in the local and international market and its oil is second in importance to palm oil in Africa. Although it has great contributions to local economies, Shea butter has not been exploited in the country mostly because of lack of tradition to plant the trees as most of them…

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Growing Chilies

By Acayo Christine Gloria, Media and Public Relations Officer Chilies belong to the Capsicum Annum species and are believed to have originated from South America in Mexico. Their fruits occur in many different colors but the major ones are green, red, yellow and orange. In Uganda, chili is mainly grown in the northern districts of Oyam, Amolatar, Gulu and Lira as well as in the North East sub-region because of the favorable climatic conditions. The major varieties that are…

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Should farmers and traders embrace Agricultural Market Information?

By Acayo Christine Gloria, Media and Public Relations Officer It is clear that developing an efficient, relevant and sustainable Market Information System is far from easy. Many organizations and agencies have however taken it upon themselves to collect and promote these systems for the benefit of both farmers and traders. What is Agricultural Market Information? This is price information on products and services collected and compiled clearly displayed for the user-farmers and traders indicating prices for them to make…

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Cross border trade Uganda and Southern Sudan

By Robert M Kintu, June 2017 Trade between Uganda and Southern Sudan has been increasing over time.– the main towns whose population was growing daily with the perceptive peace, swelled by the return of displaced people and refugees and other people who have gone there to trade, do other works like construction etc. It needs to be known that Foodstuffs remain the major import and include perishable items, livestock, grains, processed foods and beverages (including alcohol). The food trade…

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