“Given the numerous water bodies, we are endowed with, we are equally well-placed in the fisheries industry and everybody should be happy to note that we are on a fast road of improvement in the animal industry. Our main challenge however, is the fact that our farmers have not been able to exploit this potential which results in low productivity, low quality of products and limited value addition.” VP Jessica Alupo.
Vice President Jessica Alupo has blamed the low agriculture productivity in the
country to low extension services provided to the farmers, a situation that has
hindered development of the sector.
said that currently farmers are increasingly facing crop failure, poor yields and
storage loses which would have been prevented through educating and supervision
by extension workers.
the numerous water bodies, we are endowed with, we are equally well-placed in
the fisheries industry and everybody should be happy to note that we are on a
fast road of improvement in the animal industry," she said. "Our main challenge however, is
the fact that our farmers have not been able to exploit this potential which
results in low productivity, low quality of products and limited value addition."
Speaking at the opening of a five-day retreat organized by the Ministry for Agriculture at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwnzi District, the Vice President said that whereas 70 to 80
percent of our people are involved in agriculture, this sector accounts for less
than 21 percent of Ugandan GDP.
retreat is being attended the ministry’s top leadership including the ministers, Commissioners,
directors and heads of parastatals under the ministry with a view of planning together
for the next five years in response to policy directives.
asked the ministry to educate farmers on post-harvest practices through the parish
based production cooperatives.
“There is need to acquire appropriate technology for post-harvest handling of fish, beef,
dairy and horticulture products, a need to implement guidelines, regulations
and statutory instruments to streamline the fish value chain and also the need
to acquire appropriate technology and also a need for physical infrastructure for post-harvest
handling of cereals and grains,” said Ms Alupo in a statement read for her by
the third deputy Prime Minister, Ms Rukia Nakadama.
She expressed optimism that the retreat would result into a clear roadmap for all
stakeholders who yearn to see modern farming in Uganda.
to Ms Nakadama, agriculture in all forms still remains a key activity for the
majority of our people especially those in rural areas and the two sector
of animal husbandry and fisheries are playing critical role in modernizing drives
of this country.
“If well-coordinated, these sectors can be transformed drastically for the
benefit of our country through general education, training of farmers in modern
skills and organizing them through well managed farmers’ organizations,” she
Agriculture Minister, Mr Frank Tumwebaze said that they retreated
to harmonise their thinking and to define how to help farmers to better their
farming activities to increase yields by way of bringing all stakeholders on
board to promote farming education in agronomy, post-harvest handling, good yields
and well as the value chain.
Because of inadequate extension staff in the districts, the
minister revealed that they have resolved to implement farming education
through the media by way of signing partnerships.
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On farmers cultivating in protected areas, Mr Tumwebaze said
it is a violation but promised to work with the environment ministry to advise
the farmers on what is acceptable in a particular vulnerable ecosystem.