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Lack of market stifles farming and small businesses in Kaliro

By Vision Reporter

Added 27th June 2011 03:00 AM

Small business operators and farmers in Kaliro town have requested trade unions and non-government organisations to find them market for their produce and goods.

Small business operators and farmers in Kaliro town have requested trade unions and non-government organisations to find them market for their produce and goods.

By Donald Kiirya

Small business operators and farmers in Kaliro town have requested trade unions and non-government organisations to find them market for their produce and goods.

They said the problem had affected the expansion of their business projects. The business people were voicing the challenges during a one-day workshop organised by Platform for Labour Action (PLA) at Kaliro Conference Hall on Saturday. The labour group advocates for vulnerable and marginalised workers in the informal sector.

Scovia Tabingwa, a shop attendant and maize farmer, said inadequate market for produce and goods had affected farmers, traders and the Government, which loses out on taxes.

“We request the Government to come out and train us in business specialisation and how to identify marketable crops we can grow to increase production and be able to sale, get profits and increase our household income,” Tabingwa said.

Yeko Buloolo, a barber in Kaliro town, urged the Government to give youth loans to start businesses or boost they have to reduce poverty among them.

She noted that sometimes farmers fail to take their produce to local markets due to the high transport costs experienced all over the country.

She requested the Kaliro town council officials to reduce on licence fees paid by various traders in the town council saying they currently pay exorbitantly.

He requested government to punish men who refuse their wives to do various businesses in order to increase on household income adding that they sabotage President Museveni’s program of increasing household income in families.

Yeko Buloolo, a barber in Kaliro town requested the Government to give youth loans to open up new businesses or boost those ones they already have so that they reduce on the biting poverty.

“Vendors have just started forming groups, so we request the government to also fund them so that hey can develop their businesses,” Buloolo said.

Last year, ash clouds from another Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokul led to the closure of European airspace that left 10m passengers stranded. Uganda lost exports worth over sh10billion in two weeks.

He added that there are also other factors like anxiety over what is contained in the budget speech which will be read just two weeks from now; the anxiety has caused some laxity.

Lack of market stifles farming and small businesses in Kaliro

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