Rukunya says the Agriculture Ministry and FAO have embarked on strengthening research laboratories at the Fisheries Institute and Makerere University with the necessary equipment and train technical persons in bio-security matters.
The two year project, launched in Masaka on Wednesday, aims at improving the livelihoods of fishing communities, especially women and youths. It will benefit at least 25 groups of 20-25 people in three districts of Masaka, Kalungu and Kalangala.
The cattle market facility is expected to contain among others; offices for local government personnel, revenue collectors, veterinary doctors and other assorted services for the cattle sellers including paddocks for systematic trade.
According to a letter signed by Dr Doris Kiconco on behalf of the Commissioner, Animal Health in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, all the surrounding areas with the radius of 20km will also be affected.
Agriculture Minister Vincent Ssempijja says the weed has reached alarming levels, affecting fishing activities, the quality and quantity of water from the water bodies, hydro power generation, tourism and water transport, among others.
Dr. Moses Okino, the Moroto District Veterinary Officer, says they have written to the Commissioner, Animal Health in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries for guidance and intervention.
Connie Masaba, the Head of the Vegetable Oil Development Program under the Ministry of Agriculture says, such program is projected to boost Ugandas economy through Palm Oil Production and improve lives of people in areas the project will be implemented.
Jackson Lakor, the Gulu district production officer says the village agents will be trained in pest control, disease management and proper post-harvest handling to minimize food losses among smallholder farmers.
The clinics which are operated by plant doctors help to identify the causes of plant health problems and find solutions. Farmers take samples of their diseased crops to the plant doctors who are specially trained to diagnose crop diseases and offer advice to farmers on the best way to treat them.
In August 2017, the OWC coordinators delivered 25 heifers in Lwengo and Masaka districts respectively; which they said were of good quality breed. However, most of the beneficiaries complain that they were given poor quality animals some of which were sick and have since died.
Dr. John Recha, a Kenyan Agronomist with the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security CCAFS in East Africa, says once enforced crop quarantine will overwhelm the pest to extinction.
Museveni who presided over the 56th National Independence celebrations held at Kasasa Sub County in Kyotera district expressed concern that the agricultural sector has not developed at the same rate compared to other sectors despite its capacity to turn around the economy.
The recommendation was based on the Northern Uganda Fertiliser Market Study commissioned by NU-TEC MD, a study that set out to analyse current fertiliser market system and explore the potential to expand fertiliser use in the four key crops grown in northern Uganda.
Kibanzanga says it is unfortunate the scheme which was established for learning purposes and boosting agricultural productivity was being used to extort money from the very people it is supposed to benefit.