In a remarkable endeavour to foster agricultural development and empower farming communities, Amagara Commodities Ltd has emerged as a key player in the East African region’s agricultural industry. With a focus on maize, wheat, and sesame seeds, the company has not only established itself as a prominent trader but also provides vital cleaning and storage facilities for private individuals in the region.
With an unwavering commitment to sustainability and expansion, Amagara Commodities Ltd is working to meet the increasing demand for high-quality grains and legumes. The company aims to establish backward linkages with local farmers to ensure a reliable and consistent supply of these essential crops.
“We recognize the importance of building strong relationships with farmers and fostering their growth alongside ours,” stated Ismail Serunjoji, the acting manager for Amagara Commodities Ltd. “Our goal is to establish a mutually beneficial partnership that supports their development and guarantees a sustainable supply of grains and legumes.”
Amagara Commodities Ltd’s impact extends beyond local markets, as a significant portion of their products is exported to neighbouring South Sudan. Additionally, the company plays a vital role in meeting the needs of the burgeoning poultry industry within Uganda. However, challenges related to the quality and moisture content of produce supplied by middlemen have posed obstacles along the way.
“The presence of a grain mafia cartel has created monopolistic tendencies in the market,” expressed Serunjoji. “While we endeavour to ensure the highest standards, we face difficulties in dealing directly with farmers due to these intermediaries. We are determined to overcome these challenges and maintain our commitment to quality.”
To overcome such hurdles, Amagara Commodities Ltd has forged a strategic partnership with aBi Development, an organization dedicated to promoting agricultural development. With aBi Development’s support, Amagara Commodities Ltd has enhanced their production lines and processes to align with sustainable practices and ensure long-term viability.
Ibrahim Abayo, the interim CEO of aBi Development, highlighted the significance of Amagara Commodities Ltd’s partnership.
“We are excited to collaborate with Amagara Commodities Ltd as part of our Green Challenge Fund initiative. Through this programme, we aim to empower enterprises that address crucial challenges such as post-harvest handling, aflatoxin contamination, and low-quality seeds. Amagara Commodities Ltd embodies the spirit of innovation and sustainability.”
Looking to the future, Amagara Holdings has ambitious plans for expansion. The company intends to establish its own maize mill, venture into animal feed production, and explore opportunities in the pharmaceutical and animal health services sectors. These initiatives are poised to create additional employment opportunities and contribute to the overall growth of the cereals and legumes value chains.
Amagara Commodities Ltd’s dedication to the well-being of farming communities is evident through ongoing farmer training programmes and investments in advanced agricultural practices specifically in the Lango subregion of Uganda. Soil testing, early warning systems, and weather information initiatives are among the strategies employed to improve farming efficiency and productivity.
Through their perseverance and commitment to sustainable development, Amagara Commodities Ltd is propelling Matugga’s agricultural industry to new heights. By empowering farmers, implementing innovative solutions, and expanding their operations, they are paving the way for a prosperous and resilient agricultural sector in the region.