Aflatoxin control, Poultry Management and Robusta Coffee Agronomy reinforced with adaptive tools for Extension Workers

Kampala, 29th August 2019 The developed of the Agricultural sector has today received a boost in that will ensure more adaptive Agricultural Extension Services, Guidelines and Aflatoxin Control in Uganda.

During the Joint Agriculture Sector Annual Review (JASAR 2019) Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries launched updated manuals for Robusta Coffee Nursery Management, Poultry Enterprise Management and Aflatoxin Control developed to enable farmers across the country, through extension, to run more adaptive enterprises and handle grains more cautiously to avoid contamination with aflatoxins.

Above: Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries launching the updated manuals for Robusta Coffee Nursery Management. These are being distributed by the Uganda Coffee Development Authority, the Coffee sub-sector Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.

These tools were upgraded in collaboration with USAID Feed the Future Initiative Enabling Environment for Agriculture Activity.

In addition to the district level hard copies, online versions that can be downloaded and also shared easily on social media platforms are being developed and will be available on the official Ministry website www.agriculture.go.ug effective next week.

This step is an addition to other efforts by the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries to improve agricultural extension services in the country.

Following the adoption of the Single Spine Extension System, Government embarked on the recruitment drive of Public Agricultural Extension Staff in Local Governments. The ratio has since been reduced from 1:5000 to about 1:1800. Recruitment of extension staff has reached 3,032 which is 60% of the target (5000 recruited extension workers).

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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).