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The 2014 Annual Farmer’s Forum

The 3rd edition of the annual farmer’s forum took place in October, 2014  at Caritas Kampala head offices.  The forum was premised on the theme; “Prevalence of poor and substandard agro-inputs, what have you done?”  The forum was graced by 300 farmers, representatives from Transparency International, National Drug Authority, MAAIF, members of parliament (2), CAPCA Directors from   Caritas Kampala, MADDO, Caritas Kiyinda Mityana, Caritas Kasanaesis, Caritas Lugazi, CIDI Rakai and Tusubira Women’s, Group, Liaison Officer,  CAPCA staff, National Agro – inputs dealers Download

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WHY SMALL SCALE FARMERS SHOULD MARKET THEIR PRODUCTS COLLECTIVELY

Collective marketing plays a major role in farming throughout the world. In most countries farmers have found that they can increase their incomes and efficiency by working with otherfarmers to market their products, purchase their inputs and co-ordinate their farming techniques.

Previously, most agricultural markets were controlled through state-operated marketing boards which fixed prices for surplus production. For that reason, there was no strong incentive to conduct collective marketing. Now that marketing activities are almost entirely handled by private traders,

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THE DESIRE TO ENGAGE IN COOPERATIVE MARKETING SYSTEM

The co-operative marketing system started with primary societies which marketed members’ produce. In Uganda it was mainly cotton and coffee that were then bought and processed by private businessmen for export to feed the factories in European countries. The exporters and processors had

exclusive right to do so and made huge profits at the expense of the producers. It became clear to the native producers that they could earn much more if they processed their own produce to add value as these middlemen were doing,