Uganda’s Vice President Jessica Alupo has expressed her excitement over seeing a display of products produced from Oil palm plantations in Kalangala district, the products which included cooking oil, soap, creams etc. the impressed Vice President said these are pure visible efforts of Uganda’s farmers. Jesca Alupo who was chief guest at the 2021 world food day celebration in Kawanda made the remarks while visiting the National Oil Palm Project exhibition stall.
“I am very happy to see all these aligned products from BIDCO and other actors, this is a sign the sweat of our farmers is on the shelf and we hope it will translate into better income. “said Jessica Alupo The Vice President of the Republic of Uganda Rtd. Maj. Jessica Alupo accompanied by the state Minister of Agriculture Bwino Kyakulaga, Food and Agriculture Country represented his excellency Antonio Querido and other dignitaries from development partners , said if sustainable agriculture is to be promoted, it was important to transform and add value to farmer’s products to enable them become premium market products.
National Oil Palm Project is a ten year project under Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. The project takes over from the then VOPD1 and VODP 2 which initiated Oil palm production in Uganda. Kalangala Island is the seed Oil palm production district. Hon. Bwiino Kyakulaga state Minister for Agriculture, informed the Vice President that National Oil Palm Project was one of the projects that had created traceable impact in the sector and contributes to the country’s GDP. “Your Excellency, the Ministry if proud of this project because of its models that have led to result evident impacts. You need to visit Kalangala to see how farmer’s livelihoods have been transformed and the level of production. We want to support them further to transform farmers in the other areas they are implementing.” Said Bwino. Mr. Anthony Wanyoto the Communications and Knowledge Management Officer at NOPP informed the Vice President that the project had scaled up and had expanded to four other hubs.
“From Kalangala, the project has moved to four hubs of Greater Masaka, Buvuma, Mayuge, and Mukono-Buikwe. And this time its oil palm development and livelihood development. We have already started in Buvuma district with over 5000 seedlings planted already. “said Wanyoto. Vice President Commends Oil Palm Farmers