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Adjumani farmers urged to take advantage of USMID-built Ukusijoni market 

(Last Updated On: 1 January 2024)

Adjumani |Local farmers in Adjumani district including refugees have been challenged to take advantage of the multibillion market that has been constructed under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) in Kiraba parish, Ukusijoni sub-county Adjumani district.

James Lowgenya, the Dzaipi sub-county agriculture officer said Ukusijoni market is one of the markets that will have the potential to become a regional market for the three districts of Adjumani Obongi and Adjumani due to its strategic location.

He appealed to farmers in the area to take advantage of this market to empower themselves economically since Ukusijoni is a food basket of the district.

“Most times farmers are cheated by the middlemen who end up getting a lot of profits, my humble request to the farmers is to take advantage of this market so that they avoid the middlemen,” he added.

Lowgenya also revealed that most of the farmers in Adjumani grow maize, simsim, rice and soya beans, but they have not sold their produce at a fair price due to a lack of market, suggesting that the new market will boost their capacity.

“The lack of markets in the district has been crippling many farmers, and as a district this is something that we have been working to address, as of now, more than sub-counties that are considered to be food baskets have got markets built to boost the farmers,” Longwenya added.

Alumai Mansur, a peasant farmer in Bekeri village, Ayiri parish in Ukusijoni sub-county commended the government of Uganda and the World Bank for financing the market construction which he now notes will empower them.

“This market is going to help us a lot because we don’t have stores to keep our, produce, and the market has some stores, we are very happy we shall start selling our produce at better prices,” Alumai said.

He also added, “As a farmer, I have been producing cassava and rice, each year I have been getting shs4 million from the sale of cassava and shs3.5 million from rice. With a proper market, now with this market, I promise to get more than that.”

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Dominic Arambe, the sub-county (LC3) chairperson said his sub-county is very lucky to have been allocated the market, further saying it is the only sub-county benefiting from a market project under the USMID program.

“This market is one of the markets that will attract a lot of farmers and produce dealers from the whole west Nile and Acholi region and it will be a link to Juba due to its strategic location,” Arambe told tndNews.

Ukusijoni market is under the USMID project funded by the World Bank at shs2.6 billion with a capacity of accommodating more than 1000 vendors.

The project is expected to be completed in February 2024.

 

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