By Baluku Binahadad
KASESE. Ihandairo sub-county in Bukonzo west constituency in Kasese district is prospecting to be poverty free in the next five years following introduction of apple growing in the area.
This was the expression by a group of farmers under their umbrella organization called ‘Ihandiro Apple Growers Organization’ (IAGO) an affiliate of Kasese Apple Growers Organisation (KAGO) during a half day training on how to grow and care for an Apple garden in order to realize high yields.
William Ndeleghana, the organization’s chairperson expressed gratitude to the central government and the district authorities for having supplied them with 2,808 seedlings which he said would help them to kick poverty out of their homes.
Gideon Ngereti, one of the apple farmers in the sub-county said he to engage himself in what he termed as the golden plant because he was hopeful that he make fortune.
The secretary for Kasese Apple Growers Organization, John Kimadi asked the farmers under the organization to convince their fellows who are not yet members to join so that they may too enjoy the benefits associated with apple growing.
He, however, warned the farmers against politicizing the apple project saying its aim was to eradicate poverty from the communities.
Apples are much more profitable than any cash or food crop in the country.
Kasese district which is mainly agricultural with over 85 percent of the people being peasant, farmers depend on subsistence farming for their livelihood.
It has two rainy seasons that come between March to May and August to November. Temperatures normally range between 23°C and 30°C. Crops grown include among other Millet, Cassava, Maize, Sorghum, Groundnuts, Beans, Irish Potatoes, Sweet potatoes, Matooke, Passion fruit, Tomatoes, Cabbages, Cotton, Oranges, Coffee, Chili peppers, Mangoes, Pineapples Peas, Apples, and Sugar cane
This temperate Climate fruit was introduced in Kabale District in 1999. ENDS