It has been confirmed that; Gender equality increases productivity and credibility in companies and organizations. If women and youth were meaningfully participating in income generating activities, then Uganda would annually be earning 227 billion shillings [UNDP report 2016].
Women and youth play a significant role in food production and supply chain. Interventions that are gender aware are greatly and positively impacting on their constituencies.
AgriProFocus Ugandan collaboration with KIT, ICCO, HIVOS and F&S therefore; presents to you an opportunity to register and participate in the 5th coaching trajectory in gender and value chains development.
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Deadline for receiving applications is on 30th January 2017
PAINT is an initiative that supports the growth of agribusiness through linking pre-qualified and mentored agri-prenuers to financing, knowledge technology and markets. This publication chronicles its first major events; mentoring and matchmaking that took place on 3rd to 4th October 2016 at Royal suites Hotel and 5th and 6th October 2016 at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala respectively. It was a chance for agri-prenuers and investors to learn, network, and create new partnerships.
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While the agricultural and services sectors have grown over the years, their contribution of tax revenue to the national treasury has remained dismally low, a study has found.
Researchers Joseph Mawejje and Ezra Munyambonera at the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) found in a 2016 study that there were mismatches in contributions of economic sectors to overall tax revenue performance.
The study, titled Improving tax revenue performance in Uganda, found that the dominance of agriculture was the biggest impediment to tax revenue performance in Uganda.
A one percentage increment in the growth of agriculture is associated with a 2.3 percent decrease in the tax-to-GDP ratio.
"One possible explanation is that Uganda's agriculture sector is largely smallholder and informal and, therefore, potentially difficult to tax," the report says, adding that the sector has also been a major beneficiary of tax exemptions.
According to Bank of Uganda... Read more
“Investors are looking for impact business.”
Crested Superior Commodities was registered in 2010 as a milk processing company. Since Uganda produces plenty of milk, Crested Superior Commodities produces ch... Read more
Uganda will receive $195 million (Shs703b) from the African Development Bank (ADB) to support two agricultural projects in the country, in relation to the bank's Regional Alignment with Feed Africa Strategy. As per Uganda project, the ADB says the Agricultural Value Chains Development Project is $110 million (Shs396) and it is at appraisal stage and Agricultural Infrastructure Development Programme - CA11P-4 $85 million (Shs306) which is at identification stage.
In a presentation made at Sheraton Kampala Hotel recently during the launch conference on Feed Africa Strategy, the director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department ADB, Dr Chiji Ojukwu said under its Feed Africa Strategy, the bank intends to increase agricultural lending to $2.4b annually.
Chiji said, as per the programme, a focused approach on integrated commodity value chains is to be done adding that achieving Feed Africa Goals requires substantial inve... Read more
“The fair was very educative, we had no bank account, but I know what is required to get one and I have had the opportunity to compare the terms with different financial institutions, my group should have a bank account in the near future.” - Masereka Geofrey of Lake Katwe Farmers Organisation
SNV Agriculture market support (AMS) project in partn... Read more
President Yoweri Museveni has strongly advised dairy farmers in the country to ensure proper feeding of their animals during dry seasons by cutting and storing grass that sprouts during the rainy season. The stored grass, he said, can be used in form of hay to feed their herds at the height of the dry spells to ensure more milk yields and improved quality of the animals.
“I have called you today to talk about 2 serious issues that can disorganize dairy farmers; under-feeding cattle during dry seasons and rearing cows without doing calculations,” he said.
The President made the remarks last evening at a meeting he convened at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhuura district. The meeting drew cattle farmers from the cattle corridor in the country.
While thanking dairy farmers for shifting from keeping cattle in a traditional way to commercial farming, the President urged them to maintain the production of milk to satisfy... Read more
AGRICULTURAL FINANCE FAIR:
SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON 17TH NOVEMBER, 2016 IN KASESE DISTRICT.
The objectives of this finance fair are;
To improve the preparedness and confidence of the 250 farmers entrepreneurs for effective engagement in commercial relationship with financial and Agro-Insurance service providers
To Provide a platform for sharing and learning the agribusiness financial and market opportunities for farmers in the Rwenzori region
Provide a platform for networking, information sharing and making business deals among the value chain actors.
The 1 day fair will include;
"To access the cover, farmers will be required to pay annual premiums of 5% of the value of the crop being insured. "
Coffee farmers will soon have their incomes guaranteed irrespective of the weather conditions if the planned coffee drought insurance that seeks to mitigate losses is launched next month.
The Agriculture Reinsurance Consultants will in partnership with the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe) launch the insurance cover at the second Uganda National Coffee festival slated for November 4, at Namboole Stadium to help coffee farmers mitigate risks of drought.
Speaking at a pre-second National Coffee Festival meeting last week, Robert Serwanga, the Agriculture Reinsurance Consultants, country manager, said coffee production in Uganda has declined from 7kg per tree to 1.5kg due to severe drought brought about by climate change.
“People are abandoning gardens because of declining yields which are impac... Read more
The initiative is part of the four-year Inclusive Dairy Enterprise (TIDE) project that SNV is implementing in the districts of Bushenyi, Isingiro, Kiruhura, Mbarara, Ntungamo, and Sheema in South Western Uganda with funding from the Netherlands Embassy.
“I am very happy that dairy farmers are paying to learn. This is the way to go if we want to increase our productivity and add value to our businesses. Instead of travelling to Kenya and other countries to learn, SNV and Dairy Development Authority have opened three dairy training centres of excellence for the region. We should take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to add value to our products. I thank SNV and DDAfor this great initiative.” Hon. Joy Kabatsi, State Minister for Animal Industry said during the launch of the PDTFs in Mbarara. Through the project, SNV and its partners aim... Read more
For the new 4 year ISSD plus project, we are recruiting for the following positions:
- Admin manager
- Vegetable manager
- Agribusiness coordinator
- Zonal agribusiness experts
- Zonal seed experts
- And finance officer
Deadline for application is 23rd of October and the full details of the vacancy announcements can be found at www.issduganda.org/news
Government has set 34 centres across the country for farmers to get registered and be captured in the economy as legal entities to benefit from government incentives.
Speaking at the launch of the joint regulatory compliance handbook for agro-input businesses today, Mr Patrick Mwijukye, the inspector of local governments in the ministry of Local Government said the 34 regional centres are one stop points where farmers will get services from the ministry, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), ministry of Agriculture and Uganda Registration Services Bureau. The regional centres will advise farmers on improved crop production and food and nutrition security, employment and widened export base.
"Previously, these agencies have been working in silos but now when they come together, farmers should not be having the trouble of moving from one office to another which makes it a cumbersome exercise for them," he said.
Mr Patrick Opolot, the supervi... Read more
GOAL is seeking to fill the Position of Administration and Communications Coordinator to support the DYNAMIC program.
The Administration and Communication Coordinator (ACC) is a high-level position that will support and lead administrative and communication activities supporting the achievement of DYNAMIC’s objectives.
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Paul Ssekyewa, proprietor of Ssenya Fish Farms in Lwengo District, has been in the business of fish seed production and grow-out fish farming (table fish) for almost 20 years.
For him, it has been a period of observation and learning. The fish farm has been a learning centre, where other farmers and university students have acquired various fish farming skills, which include rice-and-fish production mix.
In addition to his personal experience, Ssekyewa has observed fish farmers in Uganda, and visited others in Egypt, Norway, Kenya, Thailand and China. He recently shared some of his observations and ideas about fish farming with Seeds of Gold.
Exploit the potential
Ssekyewa believes that as a country endowed with many natural water bodies, Uganda has the capacity for massive national fish production. However, little has been done to exploit that potential.
"Globally, over 50 per cent of fish is farmed but in Africa, which has many wate... Read more
Women comprise a large proportion of the agricultural labor force in Sub-Saharan Africa ranging from 30 to 80% according to Food and Agriculture Organisation. However, women are consistently found to be less productive than men.
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN) in partnership with World Bank Group, UNEP and United Nations Development Programme carried out a study agricultural productivity in the countries of Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi.The findings of the study were launched on Monday morning at Protea Hotel in Kampala.
The report indicates that in Uganda, unconditional gender gap in agricultural productivity is at 13% and the costs of the gap equate to 2.8 percent of the current crop output or 1.6% of agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which about $58m or 0.42% of the of the total country’s GDP.
The report also indicates that in Uganda, 27% of the plots and 20% of all cultiva... Read more
“Who am I that today I can earn a million shillings from my farming; have my own goat and food all year round with children comfortably in school? Thank you SNV." says Judith Tusiime, rural farmer working with Agriculture Market Support programme.
The Netherlands Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM), AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) organised 3 expert meetings between 21 – 28 July about their research ‘Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organisations’. The meetings took place in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania and were aimed to share the enormous wealth of knowledge and information that resulted from the research.
Here you can find the highlights of the experts meeting from each country and also the video about NpM’s visit to Nucafe. to view the videos Please click here.
The Deputy Governor of Bank of Uganda (BoU), Dr Louis Kasekende, has said there should be effective, nationwide agricultural extension services to solve agriculture underdevelopment in the country.
Mr Kasekende said Uganda also needs to strengthen the rural infrastructure, especially the feeder roads, and provide the necessary support for private sector-led contract farming.
"Once the above interventions are effected and farmers are able to earn cash incomes from selling their produce, the risk profile of agriculture will reduce and it will become possible to extend credit to them on a sustainable basis," he said.
He added: "Financial institutions which specialise in small savings and loan facilities, and have strong local roots, are better suited to delivering rural finance on a sustainable basis. Mobile banking and leveraging technology may also be able to contribute to solving market information deficiencies and delivering financial services... Read more
Kampala- Experts have appealed to government to invest in a farmers' bank to enable farmers access loans at low interest rates and increase agricultural productivity.
"There have been pleas by different stakeholders, including farmers for government to set up this bank. Farmers are now wondering whether their voices are being heard by government," Mr Joseph Bukenya, a representative from Central Archdiocesan Province Caritas Association, said.
He was speaking during the national dialogue on Agricultural Financing at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Wednesday under the theme; "The impact of adequately financed agricultural production and productivity in Uganda".
Mr Bukenya acknowledged government efforts to provide credit facilities to farmers through projects such as the Youth Livelihood Programme, but said the bank was a more viable option due to the several hiccups met in accountability of the funds.
"I think an agricultural bank is the best place for th... Read more
Promoting Agribusiness Investment, Networking and Trade (PAINT)
- A commercial financier/finance broker
- An impact investor/impact investment broker
- An equity investor/ equity investment broker
- An angel investor / angel investment broker
Looking for profitable business opportunities within the Agribusiness sector?
We are currently receiving applications from interested investors in the sectors mentioned above who wish to be a part of the PAINT program and participate in the “Trade and investment matchmaking event” that will take place on 5th & 6th October 2016 at Sheraton Hotel Kampala.
Participation Fees: $ 300 (Investors) and $ 150 (BDS providers)
Deadline for application: 19th September 2016
Contact Details: firstname.lastname@example.org / +256 (0) 782 551 473
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