A campaign to increase pineapple and tomato production in Greater Masaka has kicked off with the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja partnering with the Private Sector.
The Minister announced the campaign while touring Francis Ssenfuma`s farm in Ndagi, Lwabenge Sub-County, Kalungu District.
He said the campaign aims at increasing pineapple and tomato production in Masaka, Lwengo, Kalungu, Sembabule, Kalangala and the neighboring Districts of Rakai, Kyotera and Mpigi.
The Minister said he signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week to supply agricultural produce to United Arab Emirates, and it is upon this background that he decided to launch this campaign partnering with private sector.
“This is an opportunity and our farmers should use it. Greater Masaka has good soils for pineapple and tomato growing, and the market is available”. The Minister said, adding that “We only have to improve the quality and ensure constant supply”.
Currently, a kilogram of tomatoes goes beyond UGX 4000 shs in the markets. The most common tomato varieties grown in Uganda include: Money maker, Bonny Best, Marglobe, Rio Grande, Tengeru 97, Amateur Rodade, Heinz, New fortune maker F1 ,Nouvelle f1, commando f1, Rambo fi and ranger f1.