Before the introduction of artificial chemicals, our fore fathers used to cultivate and get good harvest.
In the contemporary world, one wonders why many farmers have resorted to the use of artificial chemicals that are not only harmful to crops when poorly applied but also dangerous to human life.
Mr. James Musinguzi, a farmer in Bigando village Miirya Sub county Masindi District is one who believes in traditional methods of agriculture. Musinguzi says as a farmer, his experience of artificial chemicals use in agriculture for the last 30 years has been regrettable and calls for agent reversal. He explains that traditional methods of pests and diseases control are more effective, cheap, less harmful to humans and ecologically friendly.
Musinguzi narrates of how animal urine mixed with red pepper has helped him fight pests and diseases in crops such as coffee, matooke and egg plants.
Ms.Slyvia Kemigisa, a poultry farmer in Hoima Municipality also explains that she lost chicken to Coccidiosis (locally referred to as sotoka) but since she started using organic vaccination, the loss has been reduced drastically.
She explains that a neighbor, who she did not disclose, advised her to get very strong red pepper juice and give to all her birds and that this helped her prevent diseases.
Ms.Gladys Byonabye a maize farmer in Buraru Parish Kyabigambire Sub County in Hoima also recounts the post-harvest challenges, especially storage and the trouble of maize and bean weevils before she engaged use of organic ways of pest control.
Byonabye, while appearing on Community Green Radio weekly show, Farming, last Friday testified on the changes she has realized since she started dipping maize in banana juice.
Community Green radio is promoting the use of organic methods of farming that are ecosystem friendly and relatively cheaper .The organic methods of agriculture are sustainable and environmental friendly. The campaign is championed by NAPE under the Food Security and Sovereignty Programme and is currently running in Bunyoro sub-region.