Government must improve public spending on agriculture, implement policies and regulations, build and strengthen the current institutions if the country is to realise its agricultural output potential, a new World Bank report has recommended.
The report titled “Closing the potential performance divide in Ugandan agriculture” says weak public institutions for promoting agricultural productivity at the level of small farms, inefficiencies in public expenditures and implementation of regulation and policies remain some of the biggest issues affecting the agricultural sector.
Launching the report in Kampala yesterday, the World Bank country manager, Ms Christina Malmberg Calvo, said government must get its priorities right if the sector is to achieve the desired targets.
Ms Calvo said the issues of fake inputs, low investments in the agricultural sector and other challenges must be addressed. She called for a deliberate move for commercialisati... Read more
The success of women in agribusiness is not only determined by the level of access to resources and business assets, but also by gendered-specific behaviour and roles, which influences women’s decision-making power and control around these resources and business assets. Tackling the inequalities that exist between men and women in many rural agricultural societies therefore also requires a change in the deeply entrenched gender norms that are at the root of these inequalities.
As an entry point to reflect on and transform restrictive gender norms and power relations, the EOWE programme of SNV Netherlands development Organisation organises facilitated Household Dialogues among targeted family and/or community members in Kenya and Vietnam to critically reflect and discuss around the key norms that prevent women from fully participating in and benefiting from economic activities.
The EOWE prog... Read more
Article by Richard Wangwe - the head of agriculture, Stanbic Bank Uganda
Facilitation. Commercial banks are instrumental in the modernisation of agriculture across the country, by enabling automation and mechanisation to take place. Banks provide farmers with vehicle and asset financing, making them more efficient and productive allowing them to scale up their operations to meet market demand.
There is a common misconception that commercial banks in Uganda have limited interest in financing farming or agricultural projects. After all, the sector is not efficiently organised, is largely uninsured and dominated by small holders with low income and, therefore, one would assume are unattractive to banks.
This role is accentuated during peak harvest and trading periods when banks provide large scale buyers and aggregates with the much needed short-term facilities in form of advances, revolving lines of credit and unsecure
Raised. The budget has been increased from the current Shs865.2b to Shs892b.By Franklin Draku
The 2018/19 budget for agriculture has seen several cuts in many departments, while others have witnessed marginal increments, although the overall figures have seen increment on the allocation to the sector.
Although the coming year has an increment in budget to about Shs892.9b, up from the Shs865b for the financial year ending June 30, 2018, a good percentage of it is going to wage and non-wage recurrent expenditure, amounting to about Shs270b.
With the National Development Plan II identifying agriculture as one of the primary growth sectors in the coming years employing up to 65 per cent of the population, government says through the sector, it aims to transform the Ugandan society from a peasant to a modern prosperous society in 30 years.
In the Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan, the sector aims to be a competitive, profitable and sustainable se
The Agriculture minister, Vincent Sempijja has asked farmers to embrace agriculture mechanisation practices to simplify farming and achieve higher yields.
“Many people have large chunks of land but none of them has a bull dozer to ease farming,” said Sempijja, adding that the Government shall soon introduce regional mechanisation centres, aimed at transforming agriculture.
“Most of our products are on demand in various markets worldwide. For example, the Arab market, wants our fruits and cereals. "Russia, China and the United States, are the other countries with high demand for our products. However, it is sad that we can not produce the quantity they need,” Sempijja said.
Henk Jan Bakker, the Dutch Ambassador to Uganda explained that the private sector players in Uganda can only thrive once Government creates an enabling environment for them to operate in.
He appealed to farmers travelling to Netherlands to act as mindset change agents i... Read more
Watch this new video telling the story of Jennifer Nzioka Mutunga, a chicken farmer from Kenya, who turned chicken rearing from a household task into an enterprise with support from SNV's Enhancing Opportunities for Women's Enterprises (EOWE) programme.
The video was developed by the EU delegation to Kenya as part of this year's European Development Days under the theme ‘Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest.’
Using its appropriation power enshrined in both the Budget Act and the Public Finance Management Act, Parliament has allocated sh25b towards recruitment of more extension workers to guide farmers on best farming practices.
The committee noted that there are inadequate agricultural extension services across the country, which they attributed to the low extension worker to farmer ratio of 1:1,800, yet the recommended ratio is 1:500. The sh25b that the committee allocated for recruitment of more extension workers had not been provided for in the budget estimates that the Government had presented to Parliament at the end of March.
The committee explained that limited funding had undermined the role of extension services in agriculture, leading to poor yields and hence making agriculture less productive. Besides, the recruited extension workers have not been well-facilitated to enable them perform effectively. The committee recommended that Government alloca... Read more
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Over 1,000 farmers from South western region have flocked Mbarara Zonal Agricultural and Research Development Institute
(MBAZARDI) to attend the ninth Daily Monitor Farm Clinic.
They were addressed by Director General National Agriculture and Research Organization (NARO) Dr Ambrose Agona, Dr Imelda Kashaija, the deputy director NARO, Prof. Johnson Nkuhe, Chairman Advisory Committee MAZARDI and Dr Harid Kirunda, the director MBAZARDI.
The farmers during group sessions interacted with scientists and experts in dairy, bananas, beans, maize, passion fruits, mangoes, fish and cassava enterprise who gave them theoretical practical lessons from the fields at the institute.
Dr Agona asked farmers to take advantage of the clinic to acquire knowledge and treat their enterprises for economic improvement and improved food security for the fast growing population in the country.
“We want to see changes in farming systems. We are talking about feeding
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This year we are moving to the Land of Milk and Honey. Western Uganda here comes the Coffee Technology Expo 2018.
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KAMPALA - The East African Community has launched the Regional East African Trade in staples (REACTS-II)project that will increase production of staple food to reduce importations from non-member states.
There is little doubt that agriculture is indispensable for the continued survival of humanity. Technological advances over the centuries have increased productivity and improved food quality. Agricultural chemicals developed in recent decades have brought significant benefits in crop production, sustaining an explosive growth in world population. That trend continues even now, with new technologies such as the agricultural Internet of Things (IoT) aiming to support higher productivity and crop quality. However, the downside of agricultural expansion and population growth is the undeniably negative impact of intensive farming on the environment. This threatens not only sustainable crop production, but also the climate—through emissions of global warming gases such as methane and nitrous oxide—and water resources. For agriculture to be sustainable, it is necessary to take immediate action at the farm level by practicing environmental conservation. The integration of scientific knowledge fro... Read more
This call for condensed papers is on the occasion of the 2nd Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture in October in Johannesburg.
The call is extended to all potential participants who wish to make an oral or a poster presentation relevant to the Congress theme and any of the specific sub-themes as stated below. Authors should indicate whether they wish to do oral or poster presentations.
Theme: The theme of the congress is “Making Climate-Smart Agriculture Real in Africa with Conservation Agriculture: Supporting the Malabo Declaration and Agenda 2063”.
1. Role of CA in achieving Agenda 2063 goals and SDGs in Africa for building climate-smart agricultural systems
2. Mainstreaming of CA paradigm at the institutional and sectorial level and within governments’ systems in bringing about the sustainable transformation of agricultural systems in Africa
3. The critical role... Read more
The 2nd ACCA Congress is being organised by ACT, the African Conservation Tillage Network. ACT aims at the following outcomes for this congress:
Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.
Event Date: 25th – 29th June 2018.
NB: Discount of up to 25% for group registrations.
Markets are important for rural transformation and poverty alleviation. They provide the direct means through which the poor participate in economic activity as producers (farmers, business groups); as employees (providers of labor); and as consumers (of goods and services).
Working with smallholder farmers to design and set up new income-generating enterprise opportunities on the other hand is complex. It requires taking time and dedication to ensure success. This training programme aims at building the agro-enterprise capacity of rural development practitioners to enable them facilitate the market integration of the most vulnerable beneficiaries. The participants will be guided through participatory processes for identifying market opportunities a... Read more
The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) is honored to announce the 13th National Agriculture Show which to be held from 26th June to 3rd July 2018 at Mulindo/Gasabo Show Ground.
Find more information from the attached official invitation. We invite you to visit AgriProFocus Rwanda stand together with other dutch organizations in Holland Pavillion.
Find more details in the attached formal invitation
Agribusiness Development Center (ADC) exists to support Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs) that have potential to contribute to the agricultural value chain but currently lack the organizational, technical and structural capacity to operate in a sustainable way. The FBO’s selected by the ADC, should be driven by the need to grow and develop independently through access to various support partners like finance providers, markets and organizational capacity building entities. However, various organizations are not bankable or cannot access these opportunities because they lack certain skills and/ or have gaps in governance structures.
Details of the TOR: here
Time frame: 5 weeks starting the 19th/05/2018 after candidate selection.
Duration: 27 days
Deadline: 15th May, 2018
All proposals should be well addressed with the subject line: Application to Conduct a Ba... Read more
The National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) conducts the annual Seasonal Agricultural Surveys (SAS) covering all three agricultural Seasons in Rwanda: Season A that starts in September and ends with February of the following year; Season B that starts in March and ends with June of the same year; and Season C that starts in July and ends in September of the same year.
Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.
Event Date: 18th – 22nd June 2018.
NB: Discounts up to 25 % for group registrations
Gender sensitivity in agricultural practices and extension is an important area that affects people of all walks in life. It entails gender equity, gender roles and further implies that roles should not be ascribed for instance to the females alone, or the males exclusively as this will amount to set back to the progress of agriculture. Gender equality refers to equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for women and men, girls and boys. It is the absence of discrimination on the basis of a person’s sex in opportunities, in the allocation of resources and benefits, or in access to services such as agricultural advice. It implies that the interests, needs, and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration, recognizing the di... Read more
The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) has announced plans to award private companies engaged in seed production and dissemination in a move aimed at promoting high quality seeds in the agriculture sector.
According to Opolot Okaasai, the director of crop production at MAAIF, seven companies have so far registered for the pilot project dubbed, AgResults ever since it was officially launched in February 2017 by agriculture state minister Christopher Kibazanga .
The seven companies that have registered include CAII seeds, Equator Seeds ltd, Pearl Seeds, CEDO, OTIS Garden Seeds, Grow More Seeds and Victoria Seeds.
The pilot projects are designed to incentivise the private sector to overcome market barriers and develop solutions to food security and agricultural challenges that eventually affect people living in poverty, Okaasai said.
This is one of the six global initiatives that are funded by five partners; B... Read more