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Does Record Keeping Matter in informal agribusiness trade

Record keeping as told by Robert Tumuhimbise (Facilitator for Kabale Youth Mushroom Enterprise in Kicumbi) I am a facilitator of Kabale Youth Mushroom Group. After training on Record Keeping by Infotrade, I practically learned the importance of keeping records for my farming enterprise; that is, for reference and proper planning. Initially I used to find it difficult to plan properly for my enterprise. I could not even determine whether I was operating in profits or loss, reason being that…

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Infotrade Market Insights

MAIZE PRODUCTION IN UGANDA Introduction: Maize (zea mays L.), originally a New World crop, was introduced in Uganda in 1861 (Sprague, 1987) and by 1900 was already an established crop (Ministry of Agriculture 1988). Maize production has improved in Uganda with the adoption of improved technologies by farmers. These technologies include improved seeds like hybrid and open pollinated varieties, timely planting, and proper spacing and timely weeding and harvesting. Note: On average, 1,500,000 MT (UBOS, 2007) is estimated as…

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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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