By Namugerwa Martha

Farmers have demanded that the government to re-introduce cooperatives which can help farmers to borrow money which can rebuild their farms after natural disasters and other loses.

This was said during an agricultural meeting which was held at Serena hotel Kampala today while discussing about modern farming and finding solutions to the armyworm pest.

Buvuma MP Robert Migadde said that re-introducing cooperatives will bring back hope to farmers who have lost a lot of money when the drought and armyworm pest destroy their farms.

“Cooperatives used to help farmers some years back but now they are very rare and in some villages farmers are very insecure about losing their money due to natural disasters,” Migadde said.

Reiterating Migadde’s appeal, Ms Victoria Sekitoleko, the former agriculture minister said that farmers need to feel secure even when its drought, heavy rains, diseases or pest outbreak that they can be helped to rebuild their farms.

“If the government can’t re introduce co operatives to help farmers let it open a bank to help them,” Sekitoleko said.