ISSD’S INTERVENTION HAS INCREASED SEED PRODUCTION IN KISORO
by Andrew Masinde, Senior Communications Officer
The district agricultural officer for Kisoro Solomon Basaza, has commended the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD Plus) Uganda for her efforts in promoting a vibrant pluralistic and market-oriented seed sector in Rwenzori region.
According to Basaza, this effort came at a time when farmers were faced with challenges resulting from a lack of access to quality seed.
The project is implemented by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) in partnership with NARO and is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda.
Basaza revealed that farmers were depending on home saved seed or seed bought from the local markets and in most cases they were not of good quality something that resulted in low yields. However, with the intervention of ISSD plus, farmer’s mindset is changing and now they are using quality seed.
“ISSD’s intervention is unique as compared to other partners because they build capacity especially for the smallholder farmers and at the same time empower them to produce seed as business and more so the farmers are encouraged to work in groups. This has greatly brought income to everyone,” Basaza said.
According to Basaza, because of the LSBs, There is also bulking hence the tonnage of quality seed has increased and the lives and incomes of farmers using quality seed have also improved. There is an increased supply of input within the community.
“As a district, we are going to take on the LSBs such that they continue functioning normally. We cannot just let this work to go to waste, our assurance to ISSD is that we are going to take it on and we shall support the LSBs with all that is needed for their smooth running,” he noted.
The LSBs will be supported to form producer cooperatives such that they have one voice when it comes to producing and marketing their seed.