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Northern Uganda Leading in Agro-Processing – UIA

Northern Uganda bore the brunt of a grueling and bloody armed conflict pitting the government against the Lords Resistance Army. The war had devastating effects on all facets of life, including agriculture and other means of livelihood.
Blessed with fertile and abundant arable land, northern Uganda is now emerging as leader in large-scale farming and agro-processing.

Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) says that the North is now churning out, exponentially, more value added agricultural products than the rest of Uganda. This was equally visible at the investment exhibition held last week, where northern Uganda dominated by displaying the most number of agro-products compared to other regions.

The Executive Director of Uganda Investment Authority Dr Frank Sebbowa says the North's performance in agro-processing is impressive considering that the region is emerging from two decades of conflict.

Northern Uganda bore the brunt of a grueling and bloody armed conflict pitting the government against the Lord's Resistance Army. The war had devastating effects on all facets of life, including agriculture and other means of livelihood.

The entire northern Uganda is arable, making it suitable for all forms of agriculture. The region also has vast, unutilized chunks of the land. The biggest impediment, though, is the customary land tenure system which hampers large-scale farming.

Despite that, the trend is beginning to change with many farmers going for large-scale farming. A number of development regimes from the West an East have also established farms in the region.

According to Dr. Sebbowa, UIA will now look at the North critically with a view of encouraging more agricultural investments in the region. He adds that northern Uganda's capacity will continue to grow, leading to the region's agro-processing dominance in the country.

George Piwang Jalobo, a board member of UIA told Uganda Radio Network that northern Uganda has the potential of being the food basket of east and central Uganda. He said efforts should be geared towards research and innovation in order to power the agro-economy of the region.