NOGAMU says that they are targeting to establish atleast 100 smallholder organic farms across the country in the new year, a means of widening production of certified organic products for the international market.
Uganda earns about $60 million from organic agricultural production, out of the global market of $100 billion annually.
A cross-section of agriculture sector stakeholders has renewed the
calls on the government to concentrate on promoting indigenous farming
practices including organic Agriculture, which is cheap and environmentally
The farmers say organic farming and consumption is now more
important than before, following the outbreak of the Covid- 19 pandemic which
calls for good nutrition.
The push for the National Organic Agriculture Policy was started 16 years ago
with proponents calling for it to support the sustainability of the agriculture
Approved in September, the policy is considered more sustainable
because agricultural inputs can be easily sourced locally for the benefit of
the poor farmers.
It is also said to protect soil nutrients since the inputs like
fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides are made from naturally occurring
processes like decaying of plants, as opposed to inorganic synthetic inputs.
The farmers were more worried by the efforts put in having the
other proposed law, the National Biotechnology and Bio-safety Bill, saying it
would eliminate the poorer farmers as it would make agriculture expensive.
President Museveni twice refused to sign into law saying it was
promoting genetic modification instead of regulating it. He later said he would
sign it after parliament changed the name to the Genetic Engineering Regulatory
Bill, and included clauses to protect indigenous crops and animal species,
among other concerns.
On the organic farming policy, the Commissioner for Crop Production at the
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Alex Rwakuba, says
while there is a growing local and export market, organic farming also requires
high standards, especially for exports.
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The National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda Nogamu says
the global market for organic products is estimated at 100 Billion dollars
annually, with Uganda's current exports earning just 60 Million dollars each year.
Chariton Namuwoza, the Chief Executive Officer, NOGAMU expressed
the need for Ugandans to take up the growing, processing and trade of organic
products because the market is growing bigger.
He says the policy will enable them to push for the tabling and
passing of the Organic Agriculture Bill in parliament and to make organic food
a household name.
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He urged stakeholders, government and parliament now to act quickly to have a
law on organic agriculture, to further regulate and boost this sector and boost
NOGAMU says that they are targeting to establish at least 100
smallholder organic farms across the country in the New Year, a means of
widening production of certified organic products for the international market.
Uganda earns about $60 million from organic agricultural production, according
to records, but this does not take into account the smallholder farmers who
The stakeholders hope the policy and subsequent laws will lead to
increased smallholder farm production, better technologies and packaging, to
boost quality production and exports.
Bamuturaki Tumusiime, an organic commercial farmer and Mbarara
District Chairman says the farmers’ fears have been answered. He says that
with the on-going sensitization of the people about the importance of organic
diet in the fight against Covid 19, the market is destined to grow even faster
both regionally and locally.