Farmers embark on market project
Farmers in Rwimi town council, Kabarole district have embarked on the construction of a new market to help boost agribusiness and reduce acceidents in the area.
Laurence Kwebiiha, a banana farmer, says many farmers are knocked along the road as they sell agricultural produce.
The project is supported by NAADS and personal contributions from the farmers.
“We sell our produce unhygienic conditions. During the rainy seasons we cannot work yet our products are perishable. We are 64 members in our group and it is from these that we have managed to collect the money start the market,” he explained.
According to George William Rwabuheesi, the assistant veterinary officer Rwimi town council and Sub County, and also co-founder of the group, so far sh27m has been spent and now need sh67m to complete it.
“We are still collecting money which I believe will take time because money from farming takes time. I believe if government came up and supported us then the market would be complete. It is going to improve business in this area,” he added.
Julius Rolerra, a resident of Rwimi town council said the market will boost his banana business since he will be having a stable and safe place.
“There will also be control of accidents in the area; several farmers have been knocked at the roadside as they are trying to sell their produce. When the market is complete, I believe this issue will be solved.
The members will also sell their produce in an organised way,” he explained.
Rwabuheesi says they will also construct a public latrine at the market such that people don’t just practice open defecation.
“They also want to procure land for the group where they will construct a training hall and an office, procure tents and chairs,” he explained.
Ambrose Katabazi, the district councillor, says the market will be a great boost to the town council and he believes will improve business.
“It is dangerous when people sell produce by the roadside. When farmers come up with innovations like building a market, government should come up and support them,” he explained.