Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank, the future of Africas youth does not lie in migration to Europe, but in a prosperous Africa. This is part of his message ahead of the International Migrants Day, December 18.
Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija in June allocated USD 2 million to introduce Index insurance in the country. The facility provides a 50 percent premium subsidy to smallholder farmers while large-scale farmers are given 30 percent premium subsidy.
Farmers in Jinja have failed to adjust to changing patterns of weather and soil fertility due lack of better farming practices. The farmers are accuse the Jinja local government of neglecting them by not sending extension service workers to advise them on how to grow and rear animals during drier seasons or outbreak of diseases.
President Yoweri Museveni recently announced that he has started using the army in the Luwero triangle, the Rwenzori region and other Fronasa bases to implement the plan which NAADS failed to implement over the last 17 years. He said the program will be rolled out next financial year.
Peopleâ€™s Development Party (PDP) President, Dr. Abed Bwanika, says the new proposal to change the National Agricultural Advisory Services will not yield any tangible results. In her budget speech on Thursday, Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka said the government will change NAADS from its current form to what she calls a single-spine extension system.
Although in the 2011/2012 financial year budget, the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Maria Kiwanuka announced the removal of import duty tax on hand hoes from 10% to 0%, it has not helped farmers increase their productivity. Gertrude Nyakaiski says that by removing the tax, government is indirectly promoting the use of hand hoes, instead of modernizing agriculture.
The fund run by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will provide financing for individual projects submitted by countries in support of the internationally-agreed Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources.