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
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