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Gulu University Partners With Farmers To Multiply Traditional Seeds

by Wangah Wanyama
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By Vision Reporter

Gulu University under the department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment is
partnering with local farmers in Acholi sub-region to multiply indigenous seeds.
Samuel Kabi, the head of the department at the university said the institute is looking forward to
working with local farmers growing traditional crops to scale up the production of seeds and also
encourage farmers to grow organic crops that have market opportunities both locally and
“Organic seeds are disappearing yet they have numbers of rich foods which are medicinal like
pigeon peas, millets, Bambara nuts, white and yellow yam and wild yams. Our people need to eat
healthy food free of Mycotoxin” Kabi said.
He made the remarks during a seed exhibition meeting with seed suppliers, and local farmers in
the region that are multiplying indigenous seeds, it was organized in Gulu City by Gulu Women
Economic Development & Globalization (GWED-G) to showcase organic seeds.
Pamela Angwech, the director GWED-G said women are the value chain actors of the food
economy in the family and therefore they have choices over food.
Richard Amone, the minister of agriculture at Ker Kal Kwaro Acholi asked farmers in the region
to form cooperative societies to be easily supported by the government and other nongovernmental organizations.
Robert Aduba, the technical advisor on business at GIZ advised farmers to have a plan on the
proper enterprise of what they want to do for them to be successful in their struggle.
Sophie Aol Kidega, a farmer and chairperson of Tek-Kwo farmer’s Group in Amuru District said
under their group they are growing organic crops using traditional seeds which have a lot of
nutrition to improve healthy living among the group members.

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