Agali Farmers Cooperative Society Limited (AFCSL)

Agali Farmers Cooperative Society Limited (AFCSL)

Description

Agali Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited (AFCSL) is farmer led social organization registered under The Co-operative Societies Act, Cap 112, with number P.7724/RCS, as multi-purpose co-operative to engage in crop production and processing, agro-input selling, among other activities that may be added depending on general meeting decision, in accordance with the society’s bye-laws 2013

Agali Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited started operating in Ocamonyang, Agali Sub -County  Lira, through mobilizing farmers for basic peer skills and knowledge sharing on how to save and to make innovative production in agriculture investments and guiding them on forming Self Help Groups (SHGs) through which they would raise incomes to improve on their livelihoods. Currently we operate in areas of following districts Lira with our total membership and parts of Apac, Kole, Oyam, Dokolo, Alebtong, Amolatar as members but also business networking and we also hope to launch future branches for the cooperative as expansion. There about 98 farmer groups with 2500 active members out of 5000 mobilized so far dealing in production and marketing of Sunflower as main enterprise and other crops like white & red sorghum, Maize, Soybeans and Cassava

Basic Information

Entry Point

Agali Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited (AFCSL) is farmer led social organization registered under The Co-operative Societies Act, Cap 112, with number P.7724/RCS, as multi-purpose co-operative to engage in crop production and processing, agro-input selling, among other activities that may be added depending on general meeting decision, in accordance with the society’s bye-laws. We started in 2013 as a youth VSLA group in Ocamonyang Trading Center with few men and women incorporated (30) members after Lord Resistance’s Army hostility displaced many family members into IDP camps in Lira town and main activity was producing grains but with a lot of constrains. The group operated informally for five years before formal registering in 2017 September with Ministry of Trade and Co-operative aiming to address problem of poverty caused by high unemployment, poor agricultural methods, lack of food storage facilities, poor market strategies, inaccessibility to financial capital, health hazards, lack of awareness about development perception and supportive on-site supervision among others. Youth, since they cover above 60% of Uganda’s population are greatly affected by poverty challenges some of which are characterized by urban exodus and also women efforts in agricultural practices has been downplayed by issues as listed above; yet women are more involved in household trivial survival than men. Other concerns such as food shortages caused by decline in agricultural productivity, environmental mismanagement leading to climatic change, ignorance and lack of technical guidance in identifying profitable income generating programs, poor saving culture in communities, poor sanitation and lack of access to clean and safe water in most parts of Uganda makes the population more vulnerable to poor living standards. In response to that concern, Agali Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited carried out aground based information on communities in Lango Region districts beginning with Lira and review of secondary data like Newspapers, National Development Plan and it was noted that without putting more effort to support these communities and Uganda at large through capital intensive ventures, modern and result oriented in nature tools for improved agricultural produce, providing adequate knowledge, inputs, clean and safe water for improved health, supporting communities on environmental protection, engaging especially the youth and women in productive income generating activities is the way forward.

Agali Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited started operating in Lira –Agali Sub-county and later got members also in Kole and Apac through mobilizing farmers for basic peer skills and knowledge sharing on how to save and to make innovative production in agriculture investments and guiding them on forming Self Help Groups (SHGs) through which they can raise incomes to improve on their livelihoods. Currently we operate in areas of following districts Lira, Apac , Kole, Oyam, Dokolo, Alebtong, Amolatar, which will be fully launched as future branches. There about 5,000 farmers within groups engaged in our productive programs of agriculture in different value chains dealing in production and marketing of (Sunflower, Maize, Soybean, Cassava, Sorghum, Simsim, Rice) as main enterprise others also include Beans, millet, potatoes and livestock at small scale mostly consumption.  

 

The farmers in Agali cooperative use different technologies to address main issues and have high yields of harvest. These includes crop rotation, integration between legume crops and others which supports in the soil fertility and improvement of yields, Sunflower since its grown two seasons and its taller a bit above the soils keeps the moisture of the soil, its leaves drops cover the soil and later decompose with plant stems into organic matters before the next season keeping the soils together, enough moisture and fertile with conducive environment for growing other crops. This crop (sunflower) provides natural enough nectar and attractive to bees making pollination faster to it and other crops leading to high production and environmental protection or conservation for generations.


Commodities

  • Maize
  • Cassava
  • Soybean
  • Sorghum
  • Sunflower,

Country

Uganda

Location(s) of Innovation Platform in Uganda

Participating States, Villages and Institutions

 Lira Local Government, Mukwano Group of Campanies, Farmer groups, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Sasakawa Global 2000, Ministry of Agriculture (MAAIF),GIZ, National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO),Buyers from Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan for produces and products.

Date of Establishment

March 12th, 2013

Status of Innovation Platform

Active

Phase of Innovation Platform Progress

Phase 1

Innovations

Improved Marketing Technique

Description of Innovations

Integrating Sunflower with legumes crops like beans to have balanced soil conservation and fertility maintenance. 

Partners

Farmers

The organisation farmers, farmer groups and communities

Private Sector

Brokers, Credit institutions, Transporters, Processors, Media and communication companies

Policy Makers

Lira District Local Government, GIZ

Researchers

GIZ, Ministry of Agriculture (MAAIF),  Lira District Local government, FAO

Extension

Lira District Local government, Agali Staffs, GIZ and Ministry of Agriculture (MAAIF), Sasakawa Global 2000

Micro Financing Institutions

Others

Total Number of Stakeholders

11 - 20

Opportunities Addressed

 Have now over 5000 farmers engaged in crop value chain production, harvest of over 5000 metric tons of sunflowers, Ready with contractual market with high volumes of supply needed, Having good new management model for implementation and availability of land, Farmers have at least acquired basic agronomy practice knowledge in crops like maize, Lira local government willingness to work with Agali and other neighbouring districts, high number of unemployment reducing.

Achievements to Date

There’s already about 5000 farmers database registered with over 2500 actively engaged in productive work producing between 2000 – 7000 metric tons preseason. Organization already registered at national level, working with development partners like GIZ, UBL, Agro-tourism, NBL, Mukwano group of Company, Agro-ways and buyers from Kenya and South Sudan. Districts local government. Have at list supplied different produces like 2500 metric tons sorghum to Nile breweries, soy and sunflower to mukwano, cassava to UBL and began engagement with WFP.

Challenges Remaining

There’s limited funds to facilitate the value chain activities, poor community infrastructures like roads, phone network for communications, unfavorable conditions mostly longer drought spell, lack of storage facilities and post harvest handling facilities, access to quality inputs for high production, theft of grains and products, no value addition to products fetching low incomes.

Sustainability Issues

 The organization have best cooperative model its following to run most of its activities engaging with most important stakeholders on platform. Growing crops at different rates to sustain the supply chain and shift mobilization of members. Have stakeholders from inputs to outputs. Have and continue with the training of members and stakeholders in knowledge needed to produce and manage different activities along different value chains.

Innovation Platform Members