The organic farming caravan of farmers starts today

A 3-day organic farming caravan, aimed at strengthening and energizing organic farming practices, will begin today.

Organized by Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Uganda and the Knowledge Center for Organic Agriculture in East Africa (KHEA), the event will be held under the theme, Sharing knowledge and l experience of organic farming.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday at the Esella Hotel, Najera in Kampala, Pelum Uganda Projects Manager Joshua Anjuka said they would visit farms like; Kwagala Farm, Nguru Farm, The Organic Products Market at Abaita Ababiri along Entebbe Road, Balimisa Organic farmers Kayunga, YARD-Buikwe and Sulma Organic Farm (Sulma Foods) – Luwero,

Others, he said, will include; Mlinza Farms at Busika-Kikyusa Zirobwe, Kapeeka Agro & Livestock farm, St. Jude Family Projects and highlight at Esella Country Hotel Najjera under the theme;

“The primary objective of the KCOA-KHEA Farmers Caravan is to stimulate debate, understanding and appreciation of organic farming practices to further strengthen Uganda’s food and agricultural systems towards resilient and sustainable productivity, better consumer health , improved incomes and livelihoods for smallholder farmers,” he says, adding,

“The caravan pursues the overall goal of acquiring practical knowledge, skills and approaches through peer-to-peer exchanges and learning from farmer-led businesses. All of this will culminate with the launch of the Continental Digital platform knowledge.”

Ezra Kalule, the project officer at KCOA, said the caravan will bring together various stakeholders ranging from farmers, multipliers from the 4 regions of Uganda, the media team, a representative from MAAIF, young people, modal farmers, multipliers trained by KHEA and progressive entrepreneurs in the agribusiness sector, especially those involved in production, value addition, supply of agricultural inputs and agricultural transformation into organic farming.

Organic agriculture is based on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with harmful effects,” he added,

“Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science for the benefit of the shared environment and promotes fair relationships and a good quality of life for all parties involved. This is the official definition of organic agriculture from the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM-Organics International), one of the international partners of the KCOA-KHEA project,”

Speaking to the same presser, Francis Nsanga, the project manager of KHEA, said that the flag for this event as it involves a number of activities such as visiting different organic farms in different regions i.e. Kampala -Wakiso, Kayunga, Buikwe, Masaka, Luwero, Nakaseke “and the Meet Africa’s Farmers campaign where we will bring together the voices of farmers talking about organic farming practices”,

“They will tell us about the practices they employed following the KHEA trainings under the KCOA-KHEA project and profile on the continental digital platform and other networks.

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