Value Addition

value addition

Value addition to agriculture refers to increasing the economic value of a commodity through particular production processes that increases the value of the product to the consumer.The value addition activity is very important to the farmers because it increases the value of the raw materials and enables the farmer to fetch better prices from the market. Value addition in rural areas can take many forms including cleaning, preservation, sorting, packaging, processing a raw material into some form of canned food and branding of agriculture products.

Value addition is summarised as below;

Why Value Addition?
Technology
Key players
Challenges
Model Demonstration Farms

 

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Challenges in Value Addition

Challenges to the small scale farmers
The farmers face the following challenges in the process of value addition to the raw materials:

  • The farmers lack the necessary knowledge of how to add value to agricultural products. The knowledge can be achieved through training.
  • They lack the capacity to meet greater demands and expectations of customers in terms of quality, quantity and consistency
  • Most farmers operate on a subsistence level and  are quite small and they even lack the land
  • The farmers lack the financial and technological capacity to process their produce.
  • There are few co-operatively owned agro-processing industries to organise the farmers.
  • Uganda still imports more processed farm produce than it exports.
  • Lack of market oriented farming
  • They lack the skill to successful market the farm produce on their own as opposed of going through middlemen.
  • Lack of forum which the farmers can join  to share experience

 

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Challenges in Value Addition

Challenges to the small scale farmers
The farmers face the following challenges in the process of value addition to the raw materials:

  • The farmers lack the necessary knowledge of how to add value to agricultural products. The knowledge can be achieved through training.
  • They lack the capacity to meet greater demands and expectations of customers in terms of quality, quantity and consistency
  • Most farmers operate on a subsistence level and  are quite small and they even lack the land
  • The farmers lack the financial and technological capacity to process their produce.
  • There are few co-operatively owned agro-processing industries to organise the farmers.
  • Uganda still imports more processed farm produce than it exports.
  • Lack of market oriented farming
  • They lack the skill to successful market the farm produce on their own as opposed of going through middlemen.
  • Lack of forum which the farmers can join  to share experience

 

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