24TH AUGUST, 2017
VISITS TO DIVINE VEGETABLES FARM, BIGLAD ORGANIC FARM AND KABAROLE RESEARCH AND RESOURCE CENTRE IN FORT PORTAL DISTRICT
The caravan visited Divine Vegetables Farm and Biglad Organic Farm in Fort Portal district.
Divine Vegetables Farm was started in 2014 and the vegetables grown are of both local and exotic variety. On the other hand, Biglad Organic Farm was started by Mr. Julius Bigabwa in 2008 and has since turned into an agritourism farm on 8 acres of land with bananas, mangoes, fish tea plantation and others.
Kabarole Research and Resource Centre focuses on producing an alternative source of protein extracted from greens with an ultimate aim of promoting environment conservation and ecosystems.... Read more
Day 5 : 23RD AUGUST, 2017
VISIT TO MUBUKU IRRIGATION SCHEME IN KASESE DISTRICT
The caravan team traveled to Mubuku Irrigation Scheme in Kasese district. The area around Mubuku Irrigation Scheme receives little and unreliable rainfall and because it is close to the equator, its low altitude makes the temperature relatively high. With this justification, the scheme was established in 1964.
· To explore food production throughout the seasons using farrow irrigation system.
Mr. James Nabulu, the supretendant of Mubuku Irrigation Scheme told caravan participants that the scheme currently works with 160 farmers who operate on 8 acres of land each under a land tenancy system. He encouraged the youth to join cooperative and associations in order to bargain for favorable prices on the market.
The youth also had the opportunity to tour the scheme and to experience a number of maize farmers working together to... Read more
22ND AUGUST, 2017
VISITS TO KIRERE GREENER AFRICAN AGENCY, DELTA BEES FARM, AND THE PRESIDENTIAL INITIATIVE ON BANANA VALUE ADDITION
The caravan team traveled to Kirere Greener African Agency, Delta Bees Farm, and PIBID in Bushenyi district. While at these centers, the team explored investment opportunities in low cost operations with high returns, application of Indigenous Micro Organisms (IMO) in livestock rearing, and got training on banana value addition.
· To explore inclusive green growth and investment opportunities in low cost operations with high returns
· To gain an understanding of the application of Indigenous Micro Organisms (IMO) in livestock rearing
· To get practical training on banana value addition
Mr. Kweyunga Emmanuel, the General Manager at Kirere Greener African Agency explained that since the far was started in 2011, he uses natural farming to rear h... Read more
21ST AUGUST, 2017
VISITS TO KAZIRE AGRIPROCESSING PLANT AND ERICSON DAIRY FARM
The caravan team traveled to Kazire Agri-processing plant and to Ericson dairy farm in the districts of Mbarara Ntungamo respectively. While at these farms, the team explored the forward and backward business linkages at Kazire plant and product quality and safety management in the dairy value chain. Participants later visited the hot springs in Kitagata in order to appreciate the nature and beauty of Uganda.
While at Kazire plant, Dickson Musasizi, the production manager at Kazire health products gave participants a brief history of the plant, its successes, challenges that it has faced and how those challenges were resolved. He later gave participants a tour of the plant and the production process that is from the raw materials to the final product.
At Ericson Dairy Farm, Mr. Eli Nathan, the general manager advised youth on how to fully benefit from t... Read more
20th August, 2017
A VISIT TO KIBINGE COFFEE FARMERS’ COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
KIBINGE SUB COUNTY, BUKOMANSIMBI DISTRICT
The caravan team set off from Kampala to Masaka district and made its first stop at the equator. And later proceeded to Kibinge Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative association. While in Kibinge, participants were exposed to the entire value chain in the coffee business from the seed to the final coffee on the cup.
At Kibinge, the youth were taken to Mr. Mawanda Samuel’s coffee plantation where they were exposed to proper care of coffee trees and the benefits of venturing into the business.
The team later continued to Kibinge Coffee Farmers, Cooperative Association to visit coffee nurseries and share experiences on the coffee value chain.
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The 7 day Caravan has attracted 50 youth participants, that will be traversing the country to have a hands on learning experience on how to improve agribusiness!
Day 1 was an inspiration Forum where the participating youth were inspired to take agribusiness serious and focus on better productivity.
Its was officially launched by the minister for Agriculture Hon. Kibanzanga Christopher, who addressed a press conference together with 5 enterprising youth from all the 4 regions of the country. He informed the youth that agriculture alone can take Uganda to a middle income economy!
The activities of the day included:
- A Press conference.
- In special presentation on mindset change
- And a Debate on the GMOs. (Advantages and disadvantages)
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Honey is becoming a popular substitute for sugar and is eaten with many snacks around the globe. Honey is not only produced by bees, but also various insects although honey bee is the most enjoyed type.
Honey from bees is also the most recommended medically and used to make cosmetics.
The wax that is often collected from bee hives is used to make wax and ice cream cones after mixing it with maize flour.
A 2015 report on improving honey and cocoa value chains in Uganda by Swiss contact points out: “The stakeholders are doing good work in beekeeping but we are failing to document the achievements. This potential sector lacks statistics that can guide more informed investment.”
However, it highlights a three per cent increase of women using honey from 25 to 28 per cent in 2014.
The demand for honey and other hive products has also increased on the local market and there is a lot of potential for more farmers to engage in processing of beeswax to produce other
Empowered by Rabobank Foundation & dfcu bank
The ADC is seeking qualified candidate for the position of Business Advisor to provide training in organisational development and financial literacy to farmer based organisations and SME’s in agribusiness. To make them strong organisations with the right expertise to access finance and markets. She/he will work closely with professionals from the Rabobank Foundation and the dfcu bank.
Reporting to the Executive Director, you will be responsible for the following duties:
To facilitate training to FBO’s on good governance and internal management, communication and reporting.
Provide training on economic principles and business concepts of cooperatives.
Provide training on financial literacy and management. General proper recording (membership, volumes produce, minutes, etc.)
Provide training on sup... Read more
Thanks to all those that participated in the Interactive online debate on the topic: WHAT ROLE ARE THE YOUTH PLAYING AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION?
Jaqueline Nassali a youth involved in ICT for Agriculture says, “ In my case I use social media to promote agriculture, I look out for agricultural events and cover the events through live tweeting, i think that's one way”
A total of 87 individuals participated in this live debate that was moderated by Richard Mugisha, the Knowledge and innovations facilitator at AgriProFocus Uganda. The participants raised a number of key issues affecting youth in Uganda. The debate would fundamentally contribute to agribusiness but at still hindered by some factors that included:
1. Limited access to finance.
2. Limited access to market
3. Limited knowledge in the use if ICT’s
4. Luck of adequate business management skills.
It was however recommended for youth to make a difference in ag... Read more
As a stakeholder, you are invited to participate in the online interactive discussion scheduled to take place on Thursday 27th July @3:00PM – 4:00PM East African standard time.
This presents an opportunity to share your views, comments and ask questions.
Click here to register to be part of the Discussion: You will be sent a reminder about the discussion one hour the actual discussion.
Please ensure that you use goo... Read more
On the 12th and 13th of July 2017, AgriProFocus in partnership with SNV, Bank of Uganda, Trias, AMFUI, ISSD, IFDC, aBi Finance, GIZ, LADA, Excel Hort, Kabale Traders Association, Reign Business Development Agency (REBDA), KAZADI and Uganda National Seed Potato Association held an Agribusiness fair in the Kigez region covering (Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu, Rukungiri, Rukiga and Rubanda) Districts. The event under the theme; Investment in New Technologies for Increased Market –Oriented Production was organised with an overall objective of facilitating a platform for building business & market linkages and between farmer entrepreneurs and Agribusiness Development Services provide... Read more
Happening on 14-16 September & 27-28 October 2017 Kampala, Uganda
What is the SAG-SEED Starter?
The SAG-SEED Starter is a programme that supports young teams of entrepreneurs in developing and implementing their innovative ideas.
What will participants do?
Future eco-entrepreneurs begin by forming teams and coming up with business ideas to tackle one selected main challenge in South Africa. Under expert guidance, the teams will come together in a workshop to develop and refine their ideas. Next, the teams get to test the ideas with potential customers and partners. After that, the teams get together again to present and refine their findings. At the end of the SAG-SEED Starter, the teams will have developed a solid concept and be ready to engage partners and investors in the real world. Who is eligible to apply? Individuals who have a basic business idea or a problem they want to solve and teams in the very early stages of setting up their enterpr... Read more
June Dairy Month is an annual “Dairy Month” celebrated worldwide to pay tribute to all dairy stakeholders along the entire value chain for their contribution towards providing fresh wholesome milk, milk products for all people to enjoy. This year’s June dairy month celebrations took place in Masindi with theme “Adopting Technologies for Enhanced Milk Production and Consumption”. Activities included exhibition by stakeholders, commissioning of the rehabilitated Masindi milk collection centre, school milk program in schools aimed at promoting milk consumption and corporate social responsibility at Masindi general hospital and Masindi army barracks.
AgriProFocus Uganda participated in the June dairy month celebrations with the objective of promoting the dairy multi-stakeholder platform and mobilising new members to join the platform. AgriProFocus exhibited during the event and also participated in the CSR activities. 5 new... Read more
AgriProFocus in partnership with SNV, GIZ, The Hunger Project, Bank of Uganda, Solidaridad Network, Trias, AMFUI, ISSD, PELUM Uganda, IFDC, Caritas Kabale, LADA, Excel Hort, Kabale Traders Association, Reign Business Development Agency (REBDA), KAZADI, A2N, Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Uganda National Seed Potato Association, among others are organizing a regional Agribusiness fair focusing on horticulture with an overall objective of facilitating a platform for building business & market linkages and brokering deals between farmer entrepreneurs and Agribusiness Development Services providers including insurance companies for increased agribusiness investment, improved agricultural production and productivity and influencing an enabling environment.
SNV's Rinus van Klinken examines the rise of Dairy in Uganda and why more attention needs to be paid to the sector that is rapidly overtaking the traditional export commodities.
As the world celebrates June dairy month, Uganda has more reason than most countries to put the dairy sector in the limelight. A quiet revolution has drastically changed the face of the sector, making it one of the outstanding agricultural success stories. The dairy value chain ticks the boxes of the government of Uganda's policy to promote commercial farming, encourage rural agro-processing and stimulate export. Surprisingly, policy makers do not seem to be aware of their own success, ignoring opportunities for further growth.
One of the reasons that dairy has not yet been profiled by government as a growth sector in agriculture is the lack of data. Who is aware that dairy has developed into the third agricultural export commodity, after coffee and fish? And well ahead of such esta... Read more
In order to improve the services rendered by NAADS and Operation Wealth Creation, the government has decided to register farmers groups to put farmers be at the centre of the two organisation's activities.
The creation of National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) in 2001 was meant to boost farmers activities but soon the technocrats diverted its agenda and soon after issues like poor quality planting materials, mismanagement of funds, and sale of inputs by farmers.
When Operation Wealth Creation was started in 2013, the situation did not change since the latter organisation was working with NAADS.
The Ministry of Agriculture has embarked on registering farmers groups starting from village level across the country.
The ministry has tasked Uganda Cooperative Alliance to register the farmers and set up a database in the ministry.
Uganda is now projected to register its second lowest growth rate in two decades at 3.9 per cent, as a result of the drought that has ravaged large parts of the country leading to low agricultural output.
The lowest growth over these past two decades was registered in the 2012/13 financial year after a drought and austerity measures meant to mop up excess liquidity from an expensive election in February 2011 saw the economic growth slow down to 3.3 per cent.
For the 2016/17 financial year, the government is blaming the drought for the economy's poor performance.
Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi says that the Treasury has had to revise the GDP downwards to 3.9 per from the projected 5 per cent due to the massive crop failure and low livestock productivity. A drought and an armyworm invasion devastated crops and livestock in many parts of the country.
Agriculture contributes a modest 26 per cent to Uganda's GDP compared with th... Read more
The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) on Tuesday announced that Uganda had been allocated $168 million (about Shs651.6 billion) for rural transformation through agriculture. The allocation is aimed at enabling rural farmers to access long term loans for agricultural practice.
The fund, which has a duration of seven years, is being administered under the IFAD arrangement called the Project for Financial Inclusion in Rural Areas. In Uganda the project is being implemented by the ministry of Finance and it entered into force in November 2014.
In an interview with Daily Monitor at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Tuesday at the official opening the fourth Regional Conference on Implementation of Rural Agriculture Transformation, with the theme financial inclusion, IFAD regional director of Eastern and Southern Africa Division, Mr Sana F.K. Jatta, said IFAD has 45 ongoing projects in 22 countries in the region with the total portf... Read more
On the 26th and 27th of April 2017 AgriProFocus Uganda Innovation Communities on Access to Finance and Youth In Agribusiness (SNV, GIZ AGRUFIN) in collaboration with, the Northern Uganda partners; Technoserve, AVSI, Save the Children, Smart up, Action Aid, BOSCO – Uganda, WPDI-Gulu, NUYDC-LABRA, PELUM, YALI organized a two day Agribusiness Fair. It was intended to facilitate platforms for building business & market, brokering deals between youth Agri-preneurs and financial services providers and other value chain actors for improved agricultural production and productivity.
You can view the entire event in Pictures.
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