2 min read
11 Feb

In a bid to revolutionize agricultural practices and enhance the livelihoods of farmers across the West Nile region, the inaugural West Nile Agribusiness and Renewable Energy Expo has kicked off with a flurry of enthusiasm. 

Organized by Omia Agribusiness Development Group Ltd., this three-day event, which commenced on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at the OPM grounds in Arua City, aims to spotlight the importance of embracing modern agricultural technologies for improved yields and income generation.

The expo serves as a pivotal platform for both farmers and businessmen to converge and exchange insights on innovative farming methodologies and sustainable practices. 

With a diverse array of agricultural products and cutting-edge farming technologies on display, attendees are provided with invaluable opportunities to acquaint themselves with the latest advancements in the field.

Mr. Razaki Iganachi Omia, the Chief Executive Officer of Omia Agribusiness Group Ltd., emphasized the significance of the expo in equipping farmers with the knowledge and tools necessary to combat the adverse effects of climate change. By integrating modern technologies into farming practices, farmers can mitigate the impact of climate variability and enhance their resilience against environmental challenges.

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Mr. Razaki Iganachi Omia, the CEO of Omia Agribusiness Group Ltd

One of the focal points of discussion at the expo is the promotion of beekeeping as a lucrative and low-labor-intensive farming activity.

Mrs. Cons Ayikobua, the section manager at Adraa Agricultural College in Madi Okollo district, underscored the benefits of beekeeping, highlighting its efficiency in terms of labor requirements compared to other conventional farming activities. 


Embracing beekeeping not only presents an opportunity for farmers to diversify their income streams but also contributes to environmental conservation through the pollination services provided by bees.

Additionally, exhibitors like Brenda Aber, who specializes in coffee products and is based in Gulu, are actively engaged in educating farmers on coffee cultivation techniques and facilitating access to lucrative markets. 

Through such initiatives, farmers are empowered to maximize the potential of their coffee crops, thereby enhancing their profitability and competitiveness in the market.

Brenda Aber, Exhibitor of coffee products, based in Gulu

As the expo draws to a close on Saturday, February 10th, its impact resonates far beyond the confines of the event grounds. 

Armed with newfound knowledge and insights gained from the expo, farmers are poised to embrace modern agricultural technologies and embark on a transformative journey towards sustainable farming practices. 

By harnessing the power of innovation and collaboration, the West Nile region is laying the foundation for a thriving agricultural sector that holds the promise of prosperity for generations to come.

BY: Matata Benzamin, dailywestnile.info 
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