There was excitement as Sembabule-based, Mbabule Fm and Happy Farmer Agricultural Consultancy Limited launched the first Agricultural expo in Sembabule district. The two-day event which brought together farmers, farming technology experts and suppliers started on 30th June and ended on 1st July at the district play ground.

The show attracted experts from agriculture sector, latest technologies, products and services who helped farmers learn how they can increase productivity on their farms using modern technology and farming methods. The exhibitors and Trainers including Quality Chemicals Uganda Limited, Naseco seeds, Bukoola Chemicals Ltd, Bimeda Uganda Ltd, Solar now, Pride microfinance, Finca Uganda, Climate change Adaptation and ICT among other companies were part of the event.

The selected enterprises were; poultry, dairy farming, Financing, milk production and quality, breeding, irrigation and water for development and livestock management among others.

While officiating the show, Mbabule FM General Manager Mr. Karamagi Edgar said agriculture is the backbone of the country and the initiative taken by the station and its partners through the expo will raise its importance.

It is estimated that agriculture contributes about 37% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and its products contribute nearly all of Uganda's foreign exchange earnings, with coffee contributing the largest percentage of 19% of the country's exports.

 “We know that agriculture is the backbone of the country but we are not giving it the attention it deserves so working with partners, we want to make agriculture a talking point through this expo,” said Karamagi.

On his part, Allan Ssempala Kigozi, the head of Happy Farmer, said; Agriculture is not a quick money scheme; it’s a long term business and if handled very well, farmers can eradicate poverty. We shall also monitor farmers’ gardens until the harvesting period to ensure they harvest the best yields. These farmers will also not have to worry about the market of their yields. As Happy Farmer, we are the market,” he added.

Meanwhile, farmers from different areas especially greater Masaka region, were excited by farm equipment that were exhibited during the event.

“I have seen solar powered irrigation equipment for the first time, I shall sit with my colleagues to raise money and buy it”, said Mutebi Paskali, the Chairperson for Kasongi farmers’ field school, which is one of the farmers groups based in Sembabule.

Karamagi assured farmers that the next year event will attract more companies and organizations and farmers too will be given platform to showcase their produce.

By Lugalama Edward