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Uganda had a bumper maize harvest, where is the money?

In March, Moses Mbaziira, a large-scale maize farmer in Buteke village in Luweero district, Uganda, prepared 10 acres, bought improved seeds, planted and weeded his farm.

Then there was good rainfall and Mbaziira, like many farmers across the country, realized a bountiful harvest. But he does not see much value for his labor.

Uganda does not have silos across the country in which to store the harvest, with the few available being privately owned.

Chris Kaijuka, chairman of the Grain Council of Uganda, observed that Uganda’s main grain customers, Kenya and Rwanda, also experienced bumper harvests, but added “They will soon run out of stock and come to us.”

He wants farmers to be helped to preserve their grain for export to these two countries soon.

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