Farmers in Lugari have been advised to jealously store their maize besides ensuring they have enough food reserves for their domestic consumption until grain prices improved.
Addressing residents, on behalf of the sub count agriculture officer, Mrs. Mary Kaziga said farmers should not allow exploitation by unscrupulous middle men this season.
She said middlemen had stormed rich grain harvesting areas with a view to exploiting maize farmers following the current glut.
Kaziga said agriculture department had intensified extension services aimed at sensitizing farmers on excellent grain storage methods that will enable them keep their reserves for a long period as they continue to wait for better returns.
Elsewhere, Kaziga called on farmers to use this short season rains to cultivate short season crops like vegetables and other horticultural produce with a view to improving their households incomes.
The officer also underlined the importance of farmers joining cooperative societies arguing that it was through such organizations that better prices will be realized.
She also reminded farmers who were rushing to register and get sorghum seeds from a non-governmental organization in the area to know that the seeds are being given as loan and they should understands the terms and condition before agreeing to be given the seeds to avoid getting into trouble saying the organization has not involved agriculture office in its activities in the sub county.