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-Foodnet aids farmers with grain moisture meters

-Market Information on high demand

-Market information training in west Africa




 The service will operate in twenty-nine districts in the cattle corridor that runs from Ntungamo up to Kotido, covering a wide range of livestock products including live animals, hides and skins, poultry and dairy products. The National Livestock Productivity Improvement Project NLPIP in the Ministry of Agriculture, funded by the Africa Development Bank ADB, supports the project.T he Market Information Service was officially launched on the 7th November 2005 at the IITA offices in Bugolobi.

During a ceremony of signing the Memorandum of Understanding at the Ministry head quarters in Entebbe, the Permanent Secretary Mr. David Obong, recommended FOODNET for its achievements in the field of market information and expressed high expectations in the new area of livestock marketing.

Foodnet aids farmers with grain moisture meters

The Masindi District Marketing Office is grateful to FOODNET for providing farmers with grain moisture meters.Speaking at a function where he received a DOLE MODE GRAIN MOISTURE METER, Mr. Fredrick Kasozi said the equipment will help farmers in maintaining high quality produce, which in turn will lead to high prices.“We have been training them to dry their grain well but they would only bit to find out the level of moisture content”, he said “Now that there is provision for them to check their moisture content before they sell, they can now sell to bigger markets like Uganda Grain Traders ltd”, he added.

Besides providing market information, quality control, grades and standards and produce storage are among the key areas of FOODNET’s post harvest training, which has benefited many farmers in Uganda. Masindi is a renowned grain producing area with huge volumes of maize, beans, groundnuts and simsim entering main markets in Kampala like Owino, Kisenyi and Nakawa.Lira, Jinja and Kampala are among the regional centers that have received the meters.

ACDI VOCA of the United States Agency for International Development. 

Market Information on high demand

There is growing demand for market information as farmers strive to sell their commodities. On a fact finding mission at FOODNET offices in Bugolobi, staff of Information Communication Technology for Africa Rural Development ICTARD were happy to learn the processes through which market information is collected, analyzed and disseminated.

ICTARD an NGO using ICT solutions to eradicate rural poverty is intended to harness information and communication technology for Uganda National Farmer’s Federation and its districts Associations.  It does so by setting up websites where farmers can down load agricultural information, accessing information from world space radio and by using the village phone.

The most vital information for farmers today is market opportunities and commodity prices, which is offered by FOODNET through trainings, radio broadcasts and through the telephone SMS media. Hellene Karamaji the Director of ICTARD said that her organization would like to use information from FOODNET especially in training farmers on using market information and weekly prices. The project is working in the districts of Kayunga, Jinja and Luwero.

Market information training in west Africa

By Emily Arayo

Sixty participants from 14 African countries met in Accra Ghana for a market information systems and use of ICT training.

The training sponsored by Unites States Agency for International Development through Market Information Systems for Traders Organizations in West Africa was convened by IFDC from 20th to 24th June 2005.Participants from Agricultural institutions, government departments, MIS beneficiaries, farmers’ organizations, traders unions and export promotion bodies were grateful for the training.

Topics covered commodity market analysis, harmonization of MIS in Nigeria, ICT for MIS, Grades and Standards and essentials of MIS.Case studies from East Africa were from FOODNET MIS (Uganda), Kenya Agricultural Commodity Exchange (Kenya), Regional Agricultural Trade Intelligence Network RATIN and RATES

You can now also get prices on your mobile phone by typing any one of the commodities Beef, FISH, MILK, CATTLE, PORK, HONEY, HIDES, SKINS, PIGS, GOATS, EGGS and send to 198 if you are on MTN, and 755 on CELTEL. courtesy OF livestock MARKET INFORMATION SERVICE NILPIP funded by ADB

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