Youths have been encouraged to join and participate in the revival of farmers’ cooperative unions as a way of promoting and boosting Uganda’s agriculture sector.
The call was made by the Agribusiness Development Centre (ADC) Communications and Marketing Officer, Katia Mugenzi during a half-day training of farmers in new skills of farming.
The training was in line with the celebrations to mark and take stock of the Agribusiness Development Centre (ADC)’s achievements within one year ever since the centre was launched.
“We have today been engaging farmers on the new skills of farming as well as sharing what we have achieved in one year since we launched the Agribusiness Centre,” Mugenzi said.
In attendance of the training were ADC farmers’ advisers from the North, East, West and Central who shared their activities telling success stories they have earned in the respective regions.
The farmers that have trained in the modules were also able to highlight the benefits and the achievements they have accrued ever since.
The organization is currently training farmers in three modules which include; Governance and Leadership, Financial Literacy and Marketing.
Mugenzi noted that for farmers to benefit much out of the trainings, there is need for them to embrace formation of cooperatives as well as small groups.
“As ADC we think it is important to share this information with the public as well as encouraging more people to join cooperatives and share the impact we have created by the trainings we have given to them.”
She thus encouraged the youth to as well embrace the new models of farming since some of the trainings are digital and appealing to them.
“We encourage the youth to join cooperatives especially in Coffee industry, try to acquire more skills such as price risk management skills”.
ADC is an organization that was set up the Rabobank Foundation and DFCU bank with the sole purpose of training farmers based organizations and SMEs in agribusiness.