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February 23, 2012

Beer brewer provides bigger market for Uganda’s sorghum, barley farmers

Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) has launched a recruitment programme for large scale sorghum farmers in Kapchorwa. This follows successful large scale sorghum growing trials carried out in Uganda’s Sebei region in 2011 as part of UBL's local raw material sourcing programme.

The recruitment drive coincided with the commissioning of the Kapchorwa Commercial Farmers (KACOFA), storage and processing plant in Kapchorwa on February 7, 2012. KACOFA has been one of the brewers’ key suppliers since 2003.

A company official said the programme will initially target over 5,000 acres. So far 2,000 have been identified.

Uganda Breweries Limited began its local farmer programme in 2001 primarily focusing on Teso and Lango regions and Ibanda in Western Uganda. Over 17,000 farmers have benefited under the sorghum and barley programmes which provide farmers with access to quality seeds, fertilizers, equipment and extension services.

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