• Arua livestock farmers advised on forage poison

    ARUA. Livestock farmers in Uriama sub-county, Arua district have been advised to closely monitor their animals and guard them against feeding on raw cassava, its peelings and leaves...................


  • Arua’s Ondoma inspired by the sweet taste of banana

    When Mr Kefa Ondoma stubbornly abandoned school at P.6 in 1997, he had no idea where he would end up.


  • Atyak sub county farmers tipped on tea growing

    ZOMBO. Atyak sub county local government has scratched from its scarce resourced to organize a learning trip for its farmers to enable them acquire basic knowledge specifically in tea growing.


  • Bionas East Africa kicks off Koboko Agro politan business project

    KOBOKO. The Malaysian Bionas international company and Bionas East Africa has officially launched the construction of Jatropha Agro politan business project in Koboko district.


  • CEFORD launches a four year business oriented farming project in Zombo

    ZOMBO. The community empowerment for rural development (CEFORD) has launched a four-year youth educational initiative in business oriented farming dubbed 'Aradu Pi fur' project in Zombo district.


  • Coffee Growers Union to revive processing plant

    ZOMBO. Until early the 2000s, Paidha town council in Zombo district was a lively town. Its life force was the Okoro Growers coffee processing plant located at Ayuda, about 1km west of the town.


  • Coffee nursery operators petition President Museveni over non-payment of supplies

    ZOMBO.Over 50 Coffee nursery operators from Zombo and Nebbi districts have petitioned President Museveni over nonpayment of coffee seedlings they supplied in the financial year 2018/2019.


  • Cuscuta weed attacks Arua, Maracha districts

    ARUA. A new parasitic witch weed that presents features similar to the invasive Japanese dodder also known as the cuscuta japonica is causing nuisance in farms in Arua and Maracha districts.


  • Delayed Irrigation scheme worries Pakwach leaders

    PAKWACH. Pakwach district leaders have expressed worry over the continued delay to kick-start the multibillion irrigation scheme in Wadelai Sub County.


  • District chairman cautions against promotion of Cashew nut growing

    NEBBI. The Nebbi district chairman Mr Emanuel Orombi has told the district production department to go slow on promoting the growth of cashew nuts in the district.


  • Ducks turn around Bashir’s fortune in Maracha

    A constant squawk of ducks startles to fill the home as stocky 52-year-old Zachariah Bashir wearing an Islamic cap stares in amazement.


  • Ex-Rebel Reaps Big from Mixed Farming in Yumbe

    For 21 years, Ismail Tibo depended on sale of Teak seedlings to fend for his family.


  • Fall army worms invade Koboko

    KOBOKO. Affter giving headaches to farmers across Uganda in 2017, the armyworm infestation has already been detected in Koboko District in West Nile region of Uganda, ravaging maize plantations.


  • Farmers in loss as hailstone devastates Zombo

    ZOMBO. Farmers in Nyapea sub-county, Zombo district are counting losses after a heavy rain characterized by hailstones devastated their fields destroying hundreds of acres of crops and....


  • Farmers urged to utilize available rain

    PAKWACH. The Pakwach district production officer has advised farmers to maximally utilise the current rains to plant crops that can yield faster in order to increase food production.


  • Farmers warned against sale of OWC heifers

    MOYO. Local leaders of Moyo district have warned farmers against sale of heifers received under the operation wealth creation (OWC) program.


  • Foot and mouth disease on decline

    ZOMBO. Zombo district is registering significant decline in new infections of foot and mouth disease which ravaged the district late last month, officials have revealed.


  • How Koboko’s Dafala struggles to grow coffee

    Many farmers in Koboko district viewed commercial coffee production with indignation but not Ramadan Dafala.


  • Koboko Agro-politan business cluster construction set for June

    KOBOKO. The construction of a Jatropha agro-politan business cluster set to be the maiden project of the Uganda green economy development initiative will start in Koboko district next month.


  • Koboko farmer yearning for knowledge on fish farming

    KOBOKO. When Mr John Ededria, 41, a self-taught bicycle mechanic turned to fish farming in 2016, he thought he would make an easy breakthrough.


  • Koboko leaders, relatives reap big from cattle restocking programme

    KOBOKO. The members of the Koboko district council, civil servants, sub-county officials and their relatives were the majority beneficiaries of last year’s cattle restocking programme............


  • Laziness threatening food security in Pakwach - leaders

    PAKWACH. Leaders in Panyango sub-county, Pakwach district are worried about the alarming rate of laziness and idleness among the youth, an act they say is threatening food security in the....


  • Ministry lifts quarantine on animal slaughter, movement

    PAKWACH. The ministry of Agriculture, animal industries and fisheries has lifted a ban on the slaughter and movement of cattle in the district.


  • Moyo sacco members decry high interest rates on agricultural loan

    MOYO. Members of Mt Otze Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization (SACCO) want the high interest rate on agricultural loan set by the board of directors of the organization reduced.


  • Museveni sets up Arua demo farm to teach commercial agriculture

    ARUA. President Yoweri Museveni has urged the people of the West Nile region to embrace commercial farming in a bid to fight poverty and the rampant unemployment.


  • Nebbi livestock farmers urged to embrace modern skills

    NEBBI. Livestock farmers in Nebbi district have been urged to adopt modern skills and practices of animal rearing for better and fruitful results.


  • Nyarwoth Aganja hill: The lost hunting ground of Rwoth Amula

    ZOMBO: Situated about 2km from Zombo district headquarters as you head towards Arua district along the Nebbi-Paidha-Arua road is entailing intricate historical and cultural importance to the Alur.


  • Obedmoth’s one year recovery from draught devastation

    Mr Alfred Obedmoth has been Arua district’s leading fish farmer since 2008. His farm is an elaborate set up of ten large fish ponds and nine nursery ponds and holding tanks.


  • Odromachaku thriving on cross border trade

    ARUA. Odromachaku is a border market located in Ayivuni Sub County where many border residents earn their living through cross border business.


  • Over 1, 000 farmers to benefit from SHA program

    ADJUMANI. Self Help Africa (SHA), a nongovernmental organization in partnership with Harvest Plus is implementing the sustainable livelihoods and inclusive markets program in Adjumani.....


  • Over 100 farmer groups to benefit from NURI program

    PAKWACH: A total of 110 farmer groups in the rural sub-counties of Pakwach district are set to benefit from the Northern Uganda Resilient Initiative (NURI) program.


  • Paidha owes its growth to agriculture  

    Paidha town in Zombo district is one of the fastest growing towns in West Nile region.


  • Police issue security warnings ahead of coffee buying season

    ZOMBO. Police and other security bodies in Zombo have issued security guidelines ahead of the lucrative coffee season.


  • Poor agronomic practices affecting coffee quality in West Nile

    NEBBI. Coffee is one of Uganda's most lucrative export yet West Nile region, which has the potential to grow the crop has remained among the lowest performing production areas in the country.


  • President Museveni donates 46 heifers to Zombo youth leaders

    ZOMBO. Zombo district youth council and selected farmers have received 46 heads of dairy cattle in fulfillment of the presidential pledge and initiative for poverty eradication.


  • President Museveni to start Nile valley youth fishing project

    ARUA. President Yoweri Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda has promised to start a fish farming project with the youths of West Nile region along the Nile valley.


  • Promote agriculture, WFP boss urges Arua leaders

    ARUA. Mr Zoltan Kalman, the Hungarian permanent representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture agencies says agriculture is extremely important in the district and Uganda.


  • Refugees turn to vegetable growing to address dietary challenge

    ARUA. Anjelina Abuyu, 10, is a Primary 2 (P2) pupil and a resident of Omugo 4 village in Rhino Camp refugee settlement, Omugo sub-county in Arua district.
    Born to Mr Peter Ayan and.........


  • Suleiman’s love for trees pays him cash dividends

    When Hajj Jabir Suleiman, 71, began planting trees in 1982 his peers and neighbours laughed at him.


  • Terego youths get shs15m worthy of vegetable seeds

    ARUA. At least 500 youths from Terego West constituency in Arua district have benefited from a supply of vegetable seeds worth 15 million Uganda shillings.


  • The Eyofia farm inspired by colonial era demo pond

    When the British colonial government established a demonstration fish pond in Abinyu village, the aim was to teach and inspire the community.


  • The Lendu cultural heritage

    Although listed in the third schedule of the constitution as one of the 65 indigenous communities in Uganda as of February 1, 1926, the Lendu were a relatively unknown people.


  • UCDA warns farmers against compromising coffee quality

    ZOMBO. As the lucrative coffee season sets in, the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) has embarked on coffee quality enhancement campaign in Zombo and Nebbi districts in order to guarantee quality.


  • Uncertainty looms over chia market in Northern Uganda

    ZOMBO. Chia farmers in West Nile and Acholi sub-regions in Northern Uganda have expressed worry over the uncertain market for their produce.


  • Value addition to rice spurs commercial production in Uganda, DRC

    MARACHA. The establishment of rice huller machines at Uganda-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) boarder markets in Maracha district to automate the process of removing the chaff of rice is motivating farmers on both sides to engage in commercial production.
    “We used to hull the husk of rice in Ariwara market located over 30km inside DRC but the establishment of the machines in Odramacaku, Osidribiku and Malaba boarder markets has now relieved farmers in Maracha, Koboko and Arua districts,” some farmers told West Nile Web in an interview on Tuesday.
    Ms Knight Driciru, a resident of Nyamia village in Oluvu sub-county, Maracha district acknowledged that production of rice has greatly changed the lives of farmers from subsistence to commercial level.
    She said the least portion of land used by a farmer for planting rice is an acre.
    Driciru noted that in a good season, a farmer may harvest at least 10 bags of rice from an acre of land.
    During the season of plenty, a basin of unprocessed rice costs shs18, 000 while a full sack containing seven basins is sold at shs126, 000.
    “But with the value addition to our produce courtesy of the rice huller machines in place, we now pocket over shs300,000 per bag which is double profit to us and so attractive,” Driciru narrated.
    She said the money got from the sales is used for feeding the family in areas where other food crops like cassava and beans yield poorly. Some people use the money for paying school fees, building and buying animals.
    Ms Rose Tiperu, another resident of Ayikuru village in Oluvu sub-county noted that the rice huller machines have significantly improved the quality of rice in the area compared to the traditional method of pounding using mortar and pestle.
    “The machines remove the husk and the bran layers, and produce an edible white rice kernel that is sufficiently milled free of impurities with minimum number of broken kernels,” Tiperu explained.
    Tiperu who harvested six bags of rice last year said children and adults like rice because it serves different purposes including meals of the day hence saving other food items like cassava and beans.
    Meanwhile Ms Gloria Eyotaru, a teacher at Galia primary school observed that the tradition of eating rice during big occasions no longer exists in the area.
    She called on farmers to consider minimizing the challenges in production like destruction by animals and poor weeding to achieve maximum benefits.
    She said they rent wet lands from people but if one uses appropriate techniques like planting rice in lines to allow sufficient weeding, high yields can be realized.
    According to Mr Amos Atiku, the Oluvu sub-county chairperson, the introduction of the machines has empowered farmers to earn better income from their good quality rice supplies to Arua town and DRC.
    “I call upon local investors to install more machines in the inland trading centres to reduce long distances to Osidribiku, Malaba and Odramacaku”, Atiku appealed.
    “We are now in the process of mobilizing youths to form groups in order to apply for youth loan for buying rice huller machines and establish them at Nyadria market so as to help our farmers,” Atiku stated.
    A Congolese national only identified as Mr Sederike, one of the three rice huller operators at Odramacaku market said they established the machine in the area to reduce the cost of transport incurred by the farmers from Uganda side to Ariwara market in DRC.
    Sederike said he normally removes the husk of a kilogram of rice at shs100 and during the season of plenty, he receives at least 20 bags of rice per day from farmers to be processed. A bag contains at least 100kg of rice.


  • Wadelai irrigation scheme first phase nears completion

    PAKWACH. The first phase of Wadelai irrigation scheme being constructed by Chrisbert construction limited is nearing completion.


  • WENDA calls for mechanized farming to enhance production

    PAKWACH. West Nile district chairpersons under their umbrella body, West Nile development association (WENDA) have urged the government to procure tractors and allocate.....


  • West Nile farmers embracing chia growing

    ZOMBO. Farmers in Nebbi, Pawach, Zombo and parts of Arua district are embracing chia growing through the West Nile Farmers Agri-Business Enhancement Initiative (WENFABEI).


  • West Nile leaders urged to preserve land for indigenous seeds

    NEBBI. Leaders in the West Nile region have been urged to promote the preservation of land for the indigenous seeds which are at the verge of extinction due to the emergence


  • West Nile Potato Platform moves to streamline operations

    ZOMBO. The Uganda Potato Platform Ltd, West Nile branch has adopted its first 4-year strategic plan seeking to among others; embrace modern and commercial potato production.


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