During the early stages of Covid-19, transport bottlenecks and depressed consumption wreaked havoc on many matooke (East African Highland bananas) farmers, particularly those in central and western Uganda.
After 11 months of Covid tribulations, matooke farmers have now been complaining of the rise of syndicates that made it impossible for farmers to organise and transport matooke to big markets in Kampala. New farmers allowed the crop to ripen in the field rather than attempt to transport it at a loss.
Pineapple growers are now a problem crop as well, as pineapple farmers now see their produce being dumped at less than real production cost in a saturated market. The global economy has hit the prices of many commodities.
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