Pineapple farmers in Uganda’s Masaka district are stuck with their farm produces as their export market shrinks. The most affected are farmers in the sub-counties of Kyannamukaaka, Kyesiiga and Buwunga who are struggling to find markets for their ripe pineapples with some already rotting in the plantations.
One grower explained that at least 1,000 pineapple farmers in the area have always targeted export market mainly in the neighbouring countries of Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan but to their dismay, the usual traders are now staying away.
Kinalwa says that the price of pineapples has drastically dropped to as a low as 200 shillings from an average of 1,000 shillings. Theresa Najjuma, Zzimwe parish councillor in Kyannamukaaka sub-county and a farmer explains that they have lately lost their export markets to new pineapple farmers based in areas of Zziribwe and Kikyuusa in Luwero district, and Kanguluimira in Kayunga district.
Najjuma says that they are currently producing for local markets in the neighbouring towns, which can only consume too little compared to the supply capacity.
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