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However, there is need to boost the sector as farmers have continued to incur losses.
Joyce Nalikka, the Marketing Manager Mairye Estates, says the estate uses 200 litres of diesel to carryout out activities which include spraying, irrigation and providing water from the nearby main stream whenever there is a power shortage.
“This costs the estate a huge loss,” she added.
She further observed that the process involves a lot of power supply which cannot be enough.
Nalikka further cited the transport difficult, especially when it comes to ferrying the cargo using passenger planes instead of cargo planes.
Mairye estates is among the biggest estates in the country and employs 840 skilled personnel.
It sits on 30 acres in Wakiso district.
Some of Mairye’s flowers
Nalikka is optimistic that if government can address the existing challenges, then the sector can multiply tremendously.
She disclosed this on the 2nd E.African Flowers, Fruits and Vegetable Expo organised by two journalists; Job Mwesigwa, also NRM mobiliser and Chimpreports News Editor, Rogers Atukunda, in conjunction with the ministry of Agriculture and NAADS.
The Expo which kicked off yesterday and closes today at UMA grounds Lugogo, was opened by the minister of Agriculture, Tress Bucyanayandi.
More than 30 flower farms participated by exhibiting different varieties of flowers.
Officiating at the function, Bukyanayandi expressed hope of the sector improving.
“The horticultural sector employs between 300-5000 workers countrywide replacing coffee in terms of production,” the Minister stressed.
The Minister further announced government’s willingness to increase flower production by providing value addition, training farmers on flower plantation, and encouraging foreign investors to invest more in the sector.