B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
The messages we seem to be getting all the time from our local leaders are about encouraging farmers to increase production. Yet successful farming is not merely about large quantities.
Nor is it true that big volumes always earn high profits. Rather most consumers are more concerned about the quality of the food products they buy.
The local press last week captured remarks made by the Dutch Ambassador to Uganda, Her Excellence Mrjam Blaak, warning about increasing rejections of our agricultural products in the European market due to quality concerns.
It has got to be born in mind that as farmers we are food handlers and we must fully comply with all the rules governing food handling and food processing.
We must also be sure about the quality of the seeds we plant and whether the harvested crops will be pleasing to the consumers. Read more