The Uganda Bureau of Statistics-UBOS has released a list of ten crops that garnered better producer prices than others. The list is contained in the new Producer Price Index (PPI) for agriculture that was released last Thursday.
This is first-time UBOS has released such index and is the twelfth country in Africa to do so. The index captures the money paid to the farmer, without taxes or fees for middlemen.
The index shows that in 2018 the best vegetable earners were rice, crops like cotton and flowers, tropical and subtropical fruits; bananas and plantains, avocados, mangoes, papayas and pineapples.
Patrick Okello, the UBOS Director of agriculture and environment statistics, said using this index, farmers can get an idea of which crop can bring them business. He also said that depending on this index, farmers can also make a decision on what to and not to plant.
The crops that were less lucrative last year include leguminous crops like beans, as well as citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and tangerines. Melons and roots and tubers like cassava were also a poor investment last year as their prices dropped by 16.7%.