- Women cashing in on the grasshopper business
- A sack goes for 150,000 Ugx
- Grasshoppers are one of the famous and popular Ugandan delicacies loved and anticipated by many during the months of April and November.
The grasshopper business is at its peak again ever since their numbers started going up.
On Wednesday morning different businessmen and women flocked Katwe and Busega markets to buy and sell these grasshoppers which are currently in plenty.
According to a major grasshopper businessman Kamulegeya Jimmy famously known as Sukasuka today they got the insects in plenty from different parts of the country like Masaka, Mubende, Fortportal and Hoima.
Many trucks including drones, Toyota wish and other vehicles were seen transporting sacks of grasshoppers at full capacity .
Grasshoppers are one of the famous and popular Ugandan delicacies loved and anticipated by many during the months of April and November.
Many business people join this seasonal lucrative trade to make abnormal profits.
Kamulegeya further narrates that early this month grasshoppers were so expensive and a sack was between 250,000 shillings and 300,000 shillings.
However on Wednesday a sack was selling between 120,000 and 80,000 and he attributed this to the bumper harvest of the grasshoppers this time round.
He adds that those buying for home consumption with wings were paying between 1000 and 2000 shillings a cup, while for those ready dressed and cleaned a cup was at 4000 shilling compared to 8000 previously.
Many women are now happy having been employed in this sector and getting 500 shillings per cup of grasshoppers they make ready without feathers.
A sack of clean hoppers goes for 15000.