“Given the numerous water bodies, we are endowed with, we are equally well-placed in the fisheries industry and everybody should be happy to note that we are on a fast road of improvement in the animal industry. Our main challenge however, is the fact that our farmers have not been able to exploit this potential which results in low productivity, low quality of products and limited value addition.” VP Jessica Alupo.
Byamukama was making reference to the ongoing discussion on the National Coffee bill 2018 which is currently being scrutinized by Parliament's Agriculture committee. The bill proposes the registration of farmers, capturing details of the size of land, the number of coffee trees and particulars of the farmers, coffee buyers and sellers among others.
Between 1996 and 2016, the demand for the fruit has seen tremendous growth expanding by 88.2% in 2016 alone, according to Tridge, a platform that tracks global trade in different goods. In three years, the fruit exports grew by 315% and expanded by Shs 1005.6% in the last five years, Tridge said.
The call comes in the wake of sustained sand mining activities in Lutembe, Kawuku, Kigungu, Bendegere and Kitinda in Katabi town council as well as Mabamba in Kasanje Sub County. But none of the sand miners has the authorization to engage in sand mining,
On Saturday, the fisherman removed the hyacinth manually using sticks, forks. Hassan Bogere, the Chairman of the landing site says that hyacinth was making it hard for boats to dock at the landing site and affecting the normal activities of fishermen
According to Namukasa, they have been pleading with President, Yoweri Museveni to intervene and instruct the line Ministry to lift the ban in vain. The herdsmen who claim to be supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement NRM, have threatened to quit the Party and join the opposition if their concern is not addressed.
According to Lawrence Tibesigwa, the Officer in Charge of Mubuku Irrigation Schem, the excavator was hired to desilt River Mubuku whose flooding was wreaking havoc in the area only to get stuck in the river.
Dr Titus Alicai, Principal Research Officer, Plant Virologist and Programme Leader, Root Crops Research Programme at NaCRRI, says that when Uganda had the cassava mosaic epidemic in the early 2000 over 500 varieties were affected.
Gen Elly Tumwiine, the Minister of Security notes that the Uganda Tanzania-border is to be manned by security officers including the army and police to stop illegal movement of animals from Tanzania to Uganda until when the quarantine in Uganda is lifted.
Government through the Ministry of Agriculture initiated the Agriculture Cluster Development Project. The project is aimed at registering farmers so as to suit the objective of transforming agriculture from being predominantly subsistence to commercial for food security in the country, increase household incomes and promoting exports.
In Cereleno, Gulus agro-dealers hub, a handful of the 36 agro-dealers are stocking maize grains in the wake of the gapping price fall. Benson Rackara, a trader on ring Road, Layibi Division says the few stores stocking maize offer between 300 to 350 Shillings for a kilogram of maize.
Speaking to Journalists ahead of the annual Agricultural trade show on Monday morning, Ssempijja said that the government is engaged in activities that would enable youths to engage in commercial agriculture both at a small and large scale.
According to the Minister, Uganda exported 4,186,606 60 kilograms bags worth US 490,250,000 in the2016/2017 financial year compared to 3,556,692 60 kilogram bags of coffee worth US 351,153,000 exported in the 2015/2016 financial year.