Apple farming is quickly taking shape in Kasese District. The district is largely known commercially for growing maize, cotton, coffee and vanilla.
However, the trend is changing especially in the mountainous areas with farmers shifting from cash crops to apple farming. Kasese has over 600 large scale apple farmers spread across Busongora North, Bukonzo East and West constituencies.
The chairperson of Kasese Apple Growers Organization-KAGO John Kamadi says they have ventured into the plant to diversify their household incomes. He says the mountainous areas were found to have favourable weather condition for apple growing.
He says in 2017 the National Agriculture Advisory Services-NAADs started training farmers on apple growing and gave them free seeds as a start-up. Grace Kazigati Fatima working with the NAADS secretariat says they have given out more than 400,000 apple seedlings to 6,500 farmers in Kasese alone.