Minister advises farmers to plant early, October-December weather to be drier

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Agriculture. Animal Industry and Fisheries Minister, Vincent Ssempijja addressing the press in Kampala.

Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Minister, Mr Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, has urged farmers to immediately prepare their gardens and start planting because the rains for August-October 2020 are expected to be short.

While addressing the press at Uganda Media Centre yesterday (Tuesday), Mr Ssempijja said his urge was based on the climate outlook forum that sat on Saturday, August 26, 2020 indicating that the weather for October to December 2020 is predicted to be drier than normal in the East African region.

“I call upon extension workers and leaders at various levels to disseminate this message extensively. In light of the changing weather conditions, several advisory messages will be disseminated from time to time,” the Minister said.

Adding: “The purpose of this message, therefore, is to remind and encourage our farmers to intensify agricultural activities in this second season of the year 2020.”

Mr Ssempijja said planting such cereal crops as maize, upland rice, sorghum and millet; pulses like beans, ground nuts, soya beans and peas; cassava, potatoes, vegetables including tomatoes, cabbages, onions, egg plants, pepper and amaranth should have started at the start of rains in August.

“For those farmers that did not plant at the onset of August rains, you are advised to finalise land preparation, acquire the right inputs like seeds, fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides from the nearby recommended stockists and plant immediately,” he advised.

The minister also advised farmers to plant quick maturing and drought tolerant crop varieties.

Mr Ssempijja told farmers who enrolled in the Agricultural Cluster Development Project (ACDP) e-voucher purchase system to quickly pay for their contribution to facilitate access to their agricultural inputs so as to avoid late planting and crop loss.

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