Agricultural Sector innovations and strategies represented at National Budget Month Activities

Kampala, 6th June 2019. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries participated in the activities of the National Budget Month that were organised by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) and the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

These activities included Corporate Social Responsibility activities in which the Diary Development Authority participated, donating a series of Dairy products to schools in Kampala.

This was followed by exhibitions at the Kololo Independence Grounds at which the Ministry was represented by teams from the Dairy Development Authority, National Agricultural Research Organisation, National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Databank, Vegetable Oil Development Project, the Multi-Sectoral Food Security and Nutrition Project, the National Agricultural Advisory Services, Agriculture Cluster Development Project, Cotton Development Organization and the Uganda Coffee Development Authority.

Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries was hosted at the Ministry’s exhibition stalls at the Kololo Independence Grounds where he was welcomed by a team from the Ministry that included Dr. Samuel Mugasi the Executive Director of the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and Dr. Imelda Kashaija the Deputy Director-General in charge of Technology and Innovation Support at the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO).

About the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is a Ministry in the Government of Uganda charged with creating an enabling environment in the Agricultural Sector.

The Ministry formulates, reviews and implement national policies, plans, strategies, regulations and standards and enforce laws, regulations and standards along the value chain of crops, livestock and fisheries.

Vision: A competitive, profitable and sustainable agricultural sector.

Mission: To transform subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.

Strategic Objectives

  • To initiate the formulation and review of the policy and legal framework for the sector
  • To establish and implement systems for service provision in the sector
  • To strengthen and implement strategies, regulatory framework, standards, institutional structures and infrastructure for quality assurance and increased quantities of agricultural products to access and sustain local, regional and export markets
  • To design and implement sustainable capacity building programmes for stakeholders in the agricultural sector through training, re-tooling, infrastructure, provision of logistics and ICT
  • To develop strategies for sustainable food security
  • To develop appropriate agricultural technologies for improved agricultural production, productivity and value addition through research
  • To develop effective collaborative mechanisms with affiliated institutions and
  • To take lead and establish a system and institutional framework for agricultural data collection, analyses, storage and dissemination to stakeholders including Uganda Bureau of Statistics.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is made up of four Directorates including the Directorate of Crop Resources, Directorate of Animal Resources, Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services and the Directorate of Fisheries Resources each with Departments, Divisions and Partnership Projects.

The Departments of the Ministry which do not fall directly in the above include the Department of Agricultural Planning and Development, the Human Resource Department, the Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Agricultural Infrastructure, Mechanisation and Water for Agricultural Production.

The Ministry is also made up of seven Agencies including the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and Coordinating Office for the Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) and the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Databank (NAGRC&DB).