Farmers’ Parliament: We lack sensitization and leaders are neglecting us  

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Farmers attending Farmers' Parliament in Gomba on 21/4/2022.
Farmers attending Farmers' Parliament in Gomba on 21/4/2022.




Farmers across different parts of Uganda continue to decry lack of sensitization, being neglected by the government especially most of their leaders and other challenges hindering commercial farming and socio-economic transformation.









This, as Farmers’ Parliament barazas continue to be conducted in different areas, with the most recent being at Kyahi sub county headquarters in Gomba district on Thursday, April 21,2022 where different farmers raised concerns including fake drugs & other agricultural inputs, animal thief, lack of sensitization, poor lobbying by leaders & the government, low prices & lack market, among other challenges both for livestock and crop farming.







According to Mr. Robert Kabatereine, the chairperson of Mbarara Network of Farmers’ Voice and Farmers Parliament, the government, partners and other stakeholders must understand that agriculture/farming is the backbone of Uganda yet this economic activity continues to be badly affected by the issues raised by farmers. “Farmers are crying, they want the government and other partners to intervene,” he added.




Inputi company director,Mr. David Lukwago (right) giving ugx24 million contribution to Farmers' Parliament in Gomba-recived by Robert Kabatereine (in blue coat).
Inputi company director,Mr. David Lukwago (right) giving ugx24 million contribution to Farmers’ Parliament in Gomba-recived by Robert Kabatereine (in blue coat). Inputi is a company offering online agriculture-related services.

The next Farmers’ Parliament is slated to be conducted in Matete, Sembabule district on Wednesday, May 18,2022.




Other most recent activities include a training, in partnership with the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre & Data Bank (NAGRC & DB) where religious leaders and selected representatives from Busoga sub-region eastern Uganda were trained – in a move to boost commercial farming/agriculture and land productivity regardless of the size of land.




Farmers Parliament was founded in 2021 by Mbarara Network of Farmers’ Voice led by Robert Kabatereine & Rise Against Poverty Organization-RAP Uganda led by Mr. Aaron Ainomugisha. Sessions have so far been conducted in different areas including Mbarara, Ibanda, Kiruhura, Kazo, Gomba and others tackling grassroot issues affecting farmers nationwide, for socio-economic transformation – all in line with Uganda’s National Development Plan(s)-NDP & UN Sustainable Development Goals-SDGs.







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