Farmers in greater Kyaterekera Sub County, Kagadi district have been tipped on modalities of planting Cocoa & post-harvest handling in order to enhance their household incomes and fight poverty.
Speaking as a chief guest at the function which was held at Buswaka Primary school Kyaterekera Sub County, the deputy Resident District Commissioner Benjamin Tumusiime challenged the locals to avoid covering all their lands with Cocoa plantations, advising them also to grow food crops to boost food security.
He also called on the community to embrace government programs such as the Parish Development Model, Emyooga among others so as to improve their wellbeing.
Emmanuel Tumwizeere, the regional manager of Uganda Coffee Development Authority with offices in Fort portal City said they have been promoting coffee growing until they realized that Cocoa is also in high demand thus asking farmers to embrace growing the cash crop.
He said through the Project called Cocoa Coffee Development (COCODEV), farmers will be helped to get the market of the two cash Crops.
Meanwhile, the Kagadi district senior agricultural officer Mparana Desire said at least 18 sub-counties in the district are now growing cocoa but decried the unregistered companies buying cocoa from farmers and exploiting them.
He asked the extension workers to fight the habit.
Some farmers who participated in the training are optimistic that what they have learnt will help them improve Cocoa production.