Agricultural Sector Data Centre and National Food and Agricultural Statistics System (NFASS) launched in Entebbe

Entebbe, 11th December 2019. The Agricultural Sector Data Centre and National Food and Agricultural Statistics System (NFASS) under the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries have been officially launched by Hon. Joy Kabatsi the State Minister for Animal Industry, H.E Deborah Malac the US Ambassador and Mr. Pius Wakabi Kasajja the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries.

The goal of the National Food and Agricultural Statistics System is to ensure that data related to the agricultural sector is accurate, timely, consistent, disaggregated and accessible to facilitate planning, monitoring and decision making in the Ministry, local governments as well as private sector investment decisions.

The Data Centre which is part of the National Food and Agricultural Statistics System is the central component and will be used for receiving, processing and disseminating data to users.

One of the main challenges to the development of the Sector as highlighted at the launch by Mr. Pius Wakabi the MAAIF Permanent Secretary was the difficulty in collection and dissemination of agricultural sector data for farmers and other stakeholders.

The initial stock of machines includes sector servers and 19 High-Tech computers linked to an Essential Electronic Library (TEEAL) with GIS-enabled Equipment, an Institutional Network for Ministry experts and Routine Administrative Agriculture Reporting System (RAADs).

This process of establishing, equipping and finally launching this powerhouse has been undertaken and concluded by MAAIF in collaboration with the Feed the Future Uganda Enabling Environment for Agriculture Activity (EEA).

Notes for editors

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).

For media-related inquiries and accreditation contact Solomon Kalema Musisi, Senior Communications Officer-Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries using the email below:

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