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Young Farmers Want Government to Recruit More Extension Workers

In his response, Abubakar Mohammed Moki, the Commissioner of Policy development and Capacity Building at the Cabinet Secretariat from the Office the President, Moki advised them to opt for Famer to Farmer extensions explaining that farmers who are knowledgeable in a given area can move out to support other farmers so as to meet the challenges of the partner and finding solutions

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Young famers under their umbrella organization of Young Famers Federation Uganda-UNYFA have asked government to recruit more extension workers so as to improve on the produce from the Agricultural Sector.

According to Richard Ssemwanga, the President of UNYFA, the organization for youth in agriculture, if extensional farmers are recruited in every parish or at the sub county level, it would ease on agricultural extension service delivery to farmers.

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Also, the young famers say that a quarter of the youth in Uganda are picking interest in taking on agriculture.

When UNYFA previously engaged tens of youths to find out on what could be the most pressing agricultural issues hindering them from turning to the sector, many of them raised issues like limited access to markets by the youth in Uganda, inadequate investment in inclusive finance for youth in agriculture and also limited access to agricultural extension services under the Agricultural Sector of the Government of Uganda.

Available research documents by UNYFA also showed that youths expressed fears of Climate Change Patterns Leading to a shortage of rains, prolonged drought, floods, and landslides.

 Ssemwanga further asked the government to consider ease of access to agricultural finance and insurance by farmers for increased production in the agricultural sector. 

“We further recommend that this provision works hand in hand with agriculture insurance so as to secure for youth access to credit, savings and insurance. This will be a sure way that will unveil their talent for entrepreneurship, boost their self-esteem and allow them to have a positive transformative role in their society,” says Ssemwanga.

In his response, Abubakar Mohammed Moki, the Commissioner of Policy development and Capacity Building at the Cabinet Secretariat from the Office the President, said now the challenge is that not all areas are getting extension workers due to hard time constraints.

Moki advised them to opt for Famer to Farmer extensions explaining that farmers who are knowledgeable in a given area can move out to support other farmers so as to meet the challenges of the partner and finding solutions than waiting for government to bring extensional workers which won’t be immediate.

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