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MAAIF Consolidates Agricultural Statistics Ahead Of Parish Development Model Implementation

NFASS is an online platform that provides statistics on crops, animals, fisheries, land use, number of farmers, quantity, and quality of products collected directly from the farmers themselves in real-time from all over the country.
01 Jun 2022 07:52

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The Ministry Of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries- MAAIF has unveiled the National Food And Agricultural Statistics Systems-NFASS to aid decision-making and research ahead of the implementation of the Parish Development Model.   

NFASS is an online platform that provides statistics on crops, animals, fisheries, land use, number of farmers, quantity, and quality of products collected directly from the farmers themselves in real-time from all over the country.  

While unveiling the NFASS, Hellen Adoa, the State Minister for Fisheries Tuesday, said that IT technicians in the ministry had taken time to develop and pilot the system in five districts including Arua, Kalungu, Kumi, Lira, and Ntungamo, and are ready to roll it out nationwide. 

Information from MAAIF indicates that the development of the system started way back in 2014.  According to Adoa, they expedited the development of NFASS such that it can support the Parish Development Model by informing the agricultural demographics of all the parishes in the country to avoid mistakes.

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Some of the key objectives of this system are to enable MAAIF to become a central resource for quality agricultural information, establish clear linkages between MDAs and the data center as well as transfer data and protocols to ensure efficient information flow between institutions.  

According to the Ministry, Parish chiefs will be equipped with tablets and smartphones to collect and feed that system with data from the grassroots in real-time while executing their roles.

The Ministry will also provide farmers with diaries to record their daily activities. Kasura Kyomukama, the permanent secretary in the  MAAIF, says that they decided to provide the parish chiefs with gadgets to ease the collection and sharing of the data. 

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He says that once the data is entered into the system, it will be uploaded immediately to facilitate quick decision-making and minimize errors. “We’re going to be able to upload this data in real-time so that we minimize errors and also to mitigate the cost of delay in the entire process, and it will be very much simplified,” Kasura explained.  

He explains that the NFASS web portal will be accessible to everyone without any restrictions.

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According to Kasura, having all this information in one place expedites interventions from many programs like the agricultural value chain development strategy, which intends to improve the percentage of arable land in the country from 35% to 50 percent in the next five years.

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