Inside Agroways warehouse in Jinja, eastern Uganda. This was the first facility licensed in Uganda to operate the warehouse receipt system. It has a 5,500 metric-ton capacity and receives an estimated 600 tons of maize per month.
The warehouse receipt system allows private companies licensed by the Uganda Commodity Exchange (UCE) to clean, dry, grade, bag and store agricultural produce for mostly small-holder farmer groups at a fee in public warehouses.
Maize gets weighed on entering the warehouse. Small-holder farmers are encouraged to watch as their maize gets processed and graded. Later on, they get a receipt verifying the grade and final tonnage of their maize.
The moisture content gets recorded. WFP purchases are part of a broader goal – under the Purchase for Progress initiative – of linking small-holder farmer groups to quality grain markets including, but not limited to, WFP.
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