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South African Journal of Agricultural Extension

On-line version ISSN 2413-3221
Print version ISSN 0301-603X

Abstract

TIBAINGANA, A.; KELE, T.  and  MAKOMBE, G.. Storage practices and their bearing on smallholder farmers: Postharvest analysis in Uganda. S Afr. Jnl. Agric. Ext. [online]. 2018, vol.46, n.2, pp.45-56. ISSN 2413-3221.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2413-3221/2018/v46n2a462.

The aim of this study was to describe smallholder farmers' perception of household maize storage. Household storage plays a crucial role in supplying maize between seasons. Despite their continued usage, they are not safe enough and cause high losses to smallholder maize farmers, thus forcing them to sell immediately after harvest. Consequently, they have to buy maize at higher prices for household use. The description of the different storage types used by smallholder maize farmers and their perception of using household storage as a strategy to increase their earning was done qualitatively. Through focus group discussions (FGDs), data was gathered from nine focus groups from 108 respondents in eastern Uganda. The results show that smallholder maize farmers use eight different storage types acquired either through purchase, construction or contribution. Some storage types were specific to certain districts. The cost of acquiring the storage type varied according to the type, size and location. Farmers used these storage types due to accessibility, flexibility, affordability, and ancestral attachment. Finally, the study concludes that the farmers' perception of using storage for business was positive.

Keywords : Smallholder farmers; household storage; storage losses; storage perceptions.

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