The latest edition of the biggest farming exhibition in Uganda registers a record turnout.
HARVEST MONEY EXPO 2019 - DAY THREE
Live reporting by Joseph Kizza
THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING!
Next up, it's time to search for the best farmers across the nation.
Here is one of the Camborough pigs from South Africa weighing over 300kg.
Sharing tips for bumper harvests.
Up and about
'Harvesting Dutch knowledge'
It is a busy final day of the #HarvestMoneyExpo— Ruth Nasejje*Esther 🇺🇬 (@ruthdavoice) February 17, 2019
I am harvesting Dutch knowledge on how to start up a dairy farm.
Visit https://t.co/YuDhDZkLRv for the interviews.@NLinUganda @HenkJanBakker3 pic.twitter.com/p0uyjztdsI
A book and DVDs on farming
Did you miss it?
In case you missed any of the training sessions, get yourself a copy of the #HarvestMoney book and DVD from any of the @VisionGrp tents at the #HarvestMoneyExpo— New Vision UGANDA (@newvisionwire) February 17, 2019
Book - 20,000 UGX
DVD - 10,000 UGX, Go and learn! pic.twitter.com/3XOUIs1l4G
Hydroponic farming the solution urban farming
New Vision's Andrew Masinde:
Talk of farming and one thinks of a huge chunk of land.
But at the Harvest Money Expo, farmers are being trained on how to grow crops without requiring soil - a technique called hydroponic farming, which involves using a watery solution of mineral nutrients.
Cathy Bazire from Agromax Uganda Limited, one of the exhibitors at the expo, says that the key to plant growth is a variety of mineral nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
She says if you add these necessary mineral nutrients to a plant's water supply, you no longer need soil for the plant to grow. Just about any plant can be grown with hydroponics.
"You can use vast networks of plastic pipes with holes for plants. The pipes supply mineral nutrients in a watery solution to the plant's root systems.
Bazire says hydroponics has many benefits in the modern world. In areas where good soil is scarce, the technique allows residents to grow fresh food. Since hydroponic farms can be set up indoors, fresh food can be grown all year long.
"Through this technique, farmers can grow many vegetables at a low cost," she says, adding that each plant requires up to two litres of water per day. This water should be slightly acidic, with a pH of 5.8.
Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, which is a method of growing plants without soil by using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent.
WATCH: Extracting juice from sugarcane
Kisamba Mugerwa praises Vision Group expo
New Vision's Andrew Masinde:
Former agriculture minister Dr. Kisamba Mugerwa advised people attending the Harvest Money Expo not to just move around aimlessly, but instead endeavour to concentrate on the areas of agriculture they are interested in.
While touring stalls at the farming exhibition, he said many times some people come for expos but leave without learning anything - because they lack focus.
"Since there is something everyone is interested in, look for that specific type of farming and give it time," said Kisamba Mugerwa.
On the biggest agricultural exhibition on the land, he said this is a one-stop centre of a diversity of knowledge. The expo has training sessions, attending by scores of people at a time in various rooms throughout the day.
"To me this is good and I think the private sector is doing very well together with Vision Group. It should be emulated, even at a lower level, because not everybody can come here. Hence, it should be elevated to regions for other Ugandans to also access."
According to Mugerwa, farming is a business and it gives great pleasure touring the stalls and "all you see are people who are turning farming into business".
And his parting shot: "Focus on knowledge and give it time."
WATCH: VP Ssekandi at farming exhibition
H.E Edward Ssekandi inspects different irrigation skipper sprinklers and rain guns at the #HarvestMoneyExpo.— New Vision UGANDA (@newvisionwire) February 17, 2019
Some of the sprinklers go as far as 160 meters radius of water.
Uganda can potentially become Africa's food basket if irrigation is promoted & managed well country wide. pic.twitter.com/FPqoHcpZYe
VP Ssekandi takes a tour of Harvest Money Expo
The vice-president arrived at Namboole Stadium Sunday morning.
He was received by Vision Group's managing editor David Mukholi.
Along the way to the VIP tent, Mukholi showed Ssekandi some of the stuff on show.
Once inside the VIP tent, Vision Group chief executive Robert Kabushenga mingled with his guest.
Kabushenga then took the vice-president on a tour of the expo.
Ssekandi looked genuinely impressed by what was before him.
Tree planting training
It is a filled Room 3 as keen attendants take notes and sharpen their ears.
Albert Kunihira, an expert in legacy tree planting, has the mic in this hand and is doing what he does best in front of his large attentive audience.
David Kissa of National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) also talks about tree planting.
VICE PRESIDENT ARRIVES FOR EXPO
Uganda's vice-president Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi is here for the Harvest Money Expo.
Busy day of harvesting knowledge
It's a breezy morning here at Namboole Stadium as the clouds gather for what appears to be a looming downpour.
But then, our weather can be deceptive. The skies could clear any time soon.
Samuel Sewagudde from Trouw nutrition makers of Hendrix concentrates takes participants through training on poultry.
Coffee drinkers pay for favour and taste
The bigger the coffee bean the better the taste in the cup and this is what coffee drinkers pay for; 'FAVOUR & TASTE' is quality! - Edward Lutakome Ssentamu#HARVESTMONEYEXPO DAY-3 Coffee TRAINING SESSION inside (ROOM 1 - Northern Gate Room) pic.twitter.com/NRFsznHNrN— New Vision UGANDA (@newvisionwire) February 17, 2019
It's a huge open classroom
From fast-yielding large guavas . . .
. . . to studying about rearing earthworms to feed fish and chicken.
It's a learning curve, including knowing how to rear maggots on the plate . . .
Training on poultry: 'Money comes by itself with focus'
We do poultry keeping for three reasons;— New Vision UGANDA (@newvisionwire) February 17, 2019
Note that money is not listed here, money comes by itself if you focus on the above - Trainer Robert Sserwanga challenges farmers at the #HarvestMoneyExpo pic.twitter.com/CIkg9AZJvJ
Harvesting from the Harvest Money Expo
Now here is what they called harvesting from the very source.
The exhibition is an illustration of just how hungry people are for knowledge. And most of tthem are taking with them home physical evidence of their expo experience. Have a look:
Some of the products on show
There is a variety of foodstuffs on display, including beans, cocoa, honey and bee wax.
Mechanising your farm
Thinking of mechanising your farm?— New Vision UGANDA (@newvisionwire) February 17, 2019
We got you covered at the #HarvestMoneyExpo
Engineering Solutions LTD @Engsol_UG are offering amazing discounts on their tractors, up to 7.5% discount courtesy of the #HarvestMoneyExpo
Prices you can never get at any of their showrooms! pic.twitter.com/MWTRbtTYWM
Today's training schedule
Thousands of people have walked through the gates of Namboole Stadium to be a part of a learning experience the last two days.
Today is the final day of a richly-attended expo. Don't miss out!
Today's training schedule
As has been the case the last two days of the exhibition, we are having two periods of trainings today.
In the morning phase (9am to 11:30am), there will be three sets of training in separate rooms;
- Coffee (Room 1)
- Poultry (Room 2)
- Tree planting (Room 3)
Then for the afternoon period (2pm to 4pm), there will be;
- NARO session (Room 1)
- Piggery (Room 2)
- Inspirational talk for new farmers (Room 3)
A lovely Sunday morning it is from Namboole Stadium. We are wrapping up three days of the Harvest Money Expo of this year.
Hoping this blessed day finds you all well.